1) ALL PATIENTS MUST READ & SIGN A PATIENT CONSENT FORM FOR ROOT CANALS.
2) The tooth that is to receive a root canal is numbed with local anesthetic. Prior to the injection a small amount of cherry flavored topical is placed in order to prevent or reduce the pain associated with a dental numbing shot. Bartell Dental will always try to deliver a pain-less shot to ease our patients because we care about you.
3) The illustration immediately to the left shows a molar in need of a root canal. In this particular case the cavity has penetrated the enamel, dentin and ultimately the nerves of the molar causing an abscess of infection.
4) The first step is to remove the decay (cavity) using a dental handpiece in order to have a clean tooth to work on.
5) The second step is to remove the
infected nerve by using root canal
files. There are about 8 different files
that are used ranging from thinnest to
thickest. These files clean the inner
walls of the root of the tooth.
6) The third step is to seal the roots of the tooth with a root canal sealant called “gutta-percha.” A temporary filling is placed on the tooth. The root canal is finalized.