How are root canals done?

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For many people, root canals are a scary treatment, and often this is because they don’t know what the procedure actually entails. We’ve found that education and understanding go a long way toward alleviating the fear and anxiety that patients may feel when they are told that a root canal is the best option.

The “root canal” is actually a part of the anatomy of your tooth. It houses the pulp of your tooth as well as the nerve. Sometimes, usually because of trauma or decay, the root canal can become damaged and infected. This leads to extreme pain and can cause serious damage to the inside of your tooth.

Root canal therapy removes the infected matter from the inside of your tooth and then sterilizes and seals the inside of the tooth to prevent reinfection. Dr. Narra begins the process by numbing you so that you won’t feel a thing, then she makes a small hole in your tooth. Using specialized tools, she carefully cleans out the inside of the tooth. Before sealing it, she may place an antibiotic in your tooth to make sure that no bacteria remain.

After your tooth is sealed and the root canal is complete, Dr. Narra may recommend a crown for the tooth. Because the nerve must be removed, the tooth can become brittle and more fragile. A crown helps to protect the tooth and restore full function.  

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