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Root Canal


Diagram of tooth showing tooth rootApproximately 15 million Americans receive a root canal treatment every year. Root canals are typically done in response to damage caused by a cavity. However, this can be used to treat any infection that has gotten into the dental pulp inside the tooth. Because this pulp is directly connected to your bloodstream, it is very important that you get the issue treated immediately. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding root canals that are based on what they used to be. Today, root canals are quick and painless and recovery typically only takes a few days. We can give you more details on the procedure at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates.

Root Canal Procedure


Root canals may take more than one visit to complete, depending on the severity of the damage. To begin, our dentist will apply anesthetic and take x-rays to analyze the damage. Our dentist will also use a dental dam to isolate the tooth and keep it clean during the procedure.

Our dentist will then remove the dental pulp and any remaining tooth decay using a variety of small dental instruments. We will then cleanse the now empty pulp chamber and, potentially, enlarge or reshape it. This makes it easier for our dentist to fill it.

There are a few different materials that can be used to fill the chamber, but the most common is gutta-percha. These cones do not bond to the tooth and, so, they are typically used in combination with a dental sealer. This prevents leaks and any bacteria from getting into the tooth.

After the cones have been placed, you will receive a dental crown which acts as a cap for your tooth. There are a few types of crowns you can get. For example, they come in different materials. You can also get a temporary crown while waiting on a permanent one to be made if it is not available yet. We use dental cement to hold the permanent crown in place one it comes in. We may also need to use a metal post to hold it in place depending on the structure of your tooth.

Root Canal Recovery


Recovery for a root canal should only take a few days. If you do have any pain, swelling, or other symptoms for longer than a few days, you should contact us immediately. During the first day, you will mostly be recovering from the local anesthetic, which can take a few hours. Our dentist may also prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to assist with a smooth recovery.

You will also get more specific instructions for how to take care of your treated tooth. This generally includes avoiding hard or sticky foods for a few days and not chewing on or messing with the tooth. It is possible for a crown to be cracked or damaged. When this occurs, you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Damaged crowns or root canals can lead to infection and further tooth decay if not treated properly. To schedule an appointment for a root canal, call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 725-257-2220 today.
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