Here’s What a Root Canal Really Is

Although root canals often conjure up images of discomfort, loud drills, and a patient clinging to the dental chair for dear life, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Root canals are very common and completely pain-free thanks to Dr. Zand’s ability to get your anesthesia just right. Root canals aren’t painful. In fact, going without one is certain to cause more pain than getting one.

What’s a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure designed to remove infection at the center of your tooth (in the pulp). We use it to treat teeth that have experienced a trauma, like being broken or cracked, as well as extensive cavities. This allows us to save the tooth instead of extracting it, clear any infection, and fill it with another material.

What are the steps of a root canal?

As soon as you come in for your root canal Dr. Zand will use anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel any pain. If you have a fear of the dentist talk to him about sedation dentistry. He will start by creating a small hole on the crown of your tooth that goes to the pulp chamber. A file will be used to clear the infection and pulp. The pulp chamber will then be irrigated to make sure it’s cleared out, then fill it with gutta percha, which prevents future infections. Finally, the tooth will be reconstructed using a crown or filling.

What are the benefits of RCT?

Root canal therapy has several benefits. First and more importantly, it allows you to keep your tooth and not have to worry about either being toothless or filling a space with a prosthetic, like a dental implant. RCT also helps to relieve pain caused by infection and prevent infection from spreading to other teeth or surrounding tissues or bone.

What is recovery like?

Recovery from RCT is pretty quick and takes about a week. Oftentimes you can shorten the time required to heal by chewing on the opposite side of your mouth, eating soft foods, and avoiding foods that are too hot or cold. While you might experience slight pain while healing. Dr. Zand will advise you on the best pain relief method for you.

Patients who believe a root canal might be the best option to treat their traumatic tooth injury should contact us. Dr. Zand is proud to call himself an expert in root canal therapy in Washington DC and is committed to making the procedure as comfortable and effective as possible so you can start enjoying your life and stop thinking about that persistent toothache.

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