If you are planning for your first root canal treatment, you might be anxious about the stages of a root canal treatment involved in it. We hear all the stories floating around and make a perception about the treatment—well do not worry about it. Here is the explanation of all three stages of a root canal treatment that you must know in order to ease the fear of treatment pain.
The root canal treatment applies when there is an infection inside the tooth nerve. The infection causes swelling in the gum and can cause pain. The first stage is about isolating the tooth with rubber dam so that it will not affect another tooth.
Stage 1: Placement of Rubber Dam
The dentist will numb the patient and isolate the infected tooth by placing the rubber dam. It is a simple sheet of rubber through which a patient will receive treatment. The main reason behind this isolation of tooth is removing contamination inside the tooth. Saliva contains another kind of bacteria and debris—a rubber act as the barrier from another non-contaminated tooth.
Stage 2: Cavity Access
At the starting point of surgery, the dentist needs to access the nerve space of tooth nerve tissues is found. This process is called creating an access to the cavity. In this, the dentist will drill the tooth to make the hole through the out surface of a tooth to the pulp chamber with the dental drill. Now there is cavity opening through which dentists will operate their work.
In case of the black tooth, dentists make access cavity through the chewing surface with front one to the back. While creating the access cavity the dentist may remove all the tooth decay, any fragile or falling portion of teeth. Once the entrance cavity is made, dentists examine the inside the tooth with the surgical operating microscope. This device will discover all the issues inside the tooth that is overlooked by naked eyes.
Stage 3: Measurement of the Length of a Tooth
When you visit the dentist, his/her main aim is to give you full treatment until the entire length of tooth nerve system but not beyond that. It is an important part of the treatment helps in minimizing post-operation pain. To measure the length of the teeth, there are two methods—one by taking X-ray of a root canal and another is electronic measurement. It is around ½ millimeter. After measuring the teeth, a false tooth is placed in place of decayed tooth and the final treatment process is complete.