What Is Root Canal

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What does the root canal procedure involve?

The process starts by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. They will place a rubber around the area to protect it from saliva and bacteria that can contaminate the tooth. Once the anesthetic kicks in, they’ll drill an opening in the top of the tooth to access the infected pulp or root. After removing the pulp, decayed or dead nerve, and other debris, they’ll sanitize the tooth to ensure no bacteria remain when the tooth is sealed.

 

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How to take care of your tooth after a root canal procedure

The aftercare protocol is also somewhat like that of a filling procedure. Your dentist will give specific instructions to follow. Most of the time, though, providers recommend waiting to eat until the anesthetic wears off to avoid accidentally biting or burning your lips, tongue. Do not use the affected tooth until your dentist places the permanent crown or filling.

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