A root canal is a procedure used to save and remove infection from a tooth. Despite its infamous reputation, root canal is not as bad as you may think! Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth and may be prescribed by your dentist if you have a cavity with significant decay to the point where it has infected the pulp of your tooth. Without the root canal treatment, you may need to remove the tooth. How Does Root Canal Work? Root canal is essentially a four-step treatment with the various steps listed below. Step 1 Your dentist will administer some local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and gum. After the tooth is numb, your dentist may place a dental dam, a small sheet of rubber that isolates the tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure. Step 2 Your dentist will use a small sized drill to gain access the inside of the tooth. He or she will drill to create an opening in the top portion of the tooth. Next, the dentist will use small files to clear away the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth. He or she will also use the files to shape the inner area of your tooth and root and may irrigate the chamber with water to wash away any remaining pulp. Your dentist might also choose to administer an antimicrobial solution in the chamber of your tooth which will eliminate any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk for further infection. Step 3 Once your tooth chamber has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, it will be filled, usually with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. Your dentist will then close the area with a temporary filling. Step 4 After a few weeks, you will have another appointment with your dentist where this temporary filling will be removed and a crown will be put in place. Depending on the condition of your natural tooth, the dentist may need to place a small supporting post inside of the root chamber, to make the crown or restoration more stable. Why Do I Need Root Canal? We’ve all heard of horror stories about how painful root canal can be, however, with the help of modern technology and treatment methods, root canal is a lot more comfortable than it used to be! If your dentist recommends you receive root canal treatment, it is best to trust your dentist as avoiding the treatment could result in the loss of your tooth. Root canal treatments are recommended in the instance of an infected tooth. This infection may have been caused by injury or decay. The process of root canal will eliminate this infection and save your tooth. If you have any concerns, it is always best to discuss these with your dentist beforehand. Remember, your dentist wants to help you, not hurt you! If you think that you might need a root canal the best option is to talk to the team at Surf Coast Dental. Book your consultation today. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.