How is root canal therapy performed?
Understanding the process of a root canal can help to eliminate some of the stress and worry you may be feeling when you are told that you need this type of dental therapy. It may also help to know that this procedure isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation may lead you to believe and that most people who have actually experienced a root canal describe it as being similar to getting a routine filling.
Dr. Burgdorf will begin your root canal by applying an anesthetic to make sure that you are completely comfortable and don’t feel a thing. Once you are numb, he will use specialized instruments to access the interior of your tooth, where the infection is located.
Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned out and sterilized. When all of the infected debris is removed, Dr. Burgdorf may determine that an antibiotic is needed to prevent reinfection. The tooth will then be filled and a temporary crown may be placed, if needed.
Give Your Dentist A Call
Sometimes a crown is needed following root canal therapy, and if this is true for you, Dr. Burgdorf will discuss this with you and make plans for prepping and crafting your permanent crown. For more information, call our dental office today at (314) 291-9000!