Root canal treatment is usually an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia that completely numbs the affected tooth.
Prior to performing root canal therapy, the dentist will place a rubber “dam” around the tooth, isolating it from the rest of the mouth to prevent contamination. Then, he or she will use a miniature drill to create a tiny opening in the tooth to access the pulp. Using very small instruments, the dentist will next remove all the diseased pulp tissue from the entire length of the root canal(s) and pulp chamber, and disinfect them with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. The cleaned space is typically filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like natural material. The final step is to seal the access hole that was made to treat the canal(s).
Protecting Teeth and Saving Smiles
As is typical of other types of medical problems, the optimal approach is to prevent pulp damage by helping children keep their teeth healthy and protected. That starts with good dental hygiene practices, regular dental visits, and the use of protective mouthguards while playing sports.