There are two main kinds of root canal procedures that are performed on both the adults and kids. The first type occurs when root canal treatment is done on a problematic tooth for the first time. The second type happens when a dental surgeon performs the same procedure on the earlier treated tooth.
When is a root canal procedure done?
Before getting started, what is root canal? Well, it is the space inside the tooth that extends downwards to the tip. Root canal is also referred to as the pulp chamber. And treatment procedures are performed on the root canal when decay or infection has reached the center of the tooth. Teeth damages that fully expose the nerve are the main cause for root canal procedures.
The first time root canal procedure
The procedure starts with the endodontist numbing the area just inside the mouth with a local anesthetic to make the patient comfortable. The dentist than takes an x-ray image of the damaged tooth. He typically utilizes a rubber dam to help isolate the problematic area from the surrounding gums, tongue and teeth.
He then drills a small hole on the problematic tooth. The hole is drilled on the top of the tooth for a back tooth root canal procedure and in the back for a front teeth operation, making it virtually invisible after the therapy. From the hole, the dentist is then able to fully remove all damaged tissues as well as the nerves. After making sure that the tooth is completely clean, he then seals the hole using the most appropriate sealing agent.
The second root canal procedure
The procedure is like the first only that it is done on an earlier treated tooth. It is normally time consuming and quite costly as the dentist has to completely clean out the tooth by removing all the previous filings from the first procedure. After this, the tooth is then cleaned and resealed once again.
Can root canal procedure be carried out on a kid?
Root canal procedure can only be done on a kid when the cavity has reached the center of the tooth. This procedure is commonly referred to as baby root canal. There are two kinds of baby root canal procedures; the pulpotomy and pulpectomy. In a pulpotomy procedure, the dentist completely removes damaged nerves from the center of the problematic tooth. In a pulpectomy procedure, the whole nerve that stretches from the center of the tooth down to the roots is all removed.
Is the root canal procedure painful?
Although many people think that root canal pain is at its worst during the procedure, they are surprised to find out that it is fairly comparable to getting a normal filling. After the procedure, the patient might experience some discomfort for several days or even weeks. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers are adequate for managing the pain. But for chronic pain after the procedure, patients are advised to use antibiotics or have a second root canal procedure to help relieve the pain.
What causes the pain?
Pain experienced after a root canal procedure is normally caused by inflammation of the tissues and ligaments surrounding the tooth. The swelling that may happen after the procedure can also put the tooth under a lot of pressure, particularly when the jaw is clenched, causing intense pain.
In this case, the dentist will recommend some pain relievers such as ibubrofen and acetaminophen to help prevent further inflammation, infection and to help manage the pain. Any infection on the surrounding tissues however calls for the body’s natural recuperative powers and a simple course of antibiotics. If you are worried about the pain, talk to your dentist about it and he or she will be able to help you handle this with future suggestions that would benefit your specific situation.