My name is Mickie, I am the office manager for Cheyenne Mountain Dental Center. I have been in the dental field for 13 years, a long, fantastic time. Patients ask me questions about how and why root canal treatment is done and will it hurt them. So I thought I would write this blog and tell you the reader the inside scoop. A toothache is most often caused by a bacterial invasion of the deep inner part of the tooth where the nerve is found. Removal of the bacteria and the infected nerve, which is causing throbbing tooth pain, brings needed and appreciated relief from the intense pain of toothaches. What follows is the steps involved in removing the infected part of the tooth.
A) Placing a rubber dam (tent) around your tooth.
After numbing your tooth but before beginning the actual process of performing the root canal treatment, Dr. Parkin will stretch a sheet of latex rubber around your tooth. This sheet of rubber is called a “rubber dam.” It is held in place by a small device that grasps your tooth.
The purpose of a rubber dam is as follows: Since one of the goals of root canal therapy is to clean bacteria out of a tooth, and since saliva does have bacteria in it, the placement of a rubber dam allows Dr. Parkin to keep your tooth, saliva free so it doesn’t get re-contaminated with bacteria while your root canal treatment is being performed. A second reason for the”tent” is to keep infection, chemicals and small instruments used in the process from falling into your mouth, basically to keep you safe.
B) Gaining access to the nerve area of the tooth.
As a starting point for the process of performing your root canal treatment, Dr. Parkin open into that area inside the tooth where the nerve tissue resides. This is accomplished by making an access opening that extends down to the nerve chamber of the tooth. On back teeth or molars this opening is made on the chewing surface or top of the tooth. On front teeth the access hole is made on the tooth’s backside.
Modern high tech methods are used to clean and shape each canal which makes the process of removing all the infection and dying or dead tissue form each canal. As part of the cleaning process, Dr. Parkin will wash your tooth out periodically (“irrigate” the tooth) so to help flush away any debris that is present. Traditionally, a number of different solutions have been used for this purpose. Nowadays, hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite are commonly used along with protein dissolving agents to help clean and purify the canals.
The cleaned canals are now ready to be closed or sealed with special sealers and a material called Gutta Percha which fills in all the areas that have been cleaned and prevents any unwanted entry back into the canals. The root canal treatment is now done and you did just fine and are amazed how easy and painless this modern technique was.
SO IF YOU ARE PUTTING OFF GETTING A ROOT CANAL DONE, STOP AND CALL USE TODAY AND ASK FOR OUR SCHEDULER RHONDA. SHE WILL HELP YOU GET AN APPOINTMENT FAST!
Keep on smiling!! Mickie