The Root Canal Procedure
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Bloomquist will first take an X-ray to get a more detailed look at the condition of your root canals. She’ll check and see how far the infection has spread and decide whether or not root canal therapy is the best option.
Once the procedure is approved, Dr. Bloomquist will administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we can discuss dental sedation options to create a more comfortable environment.
From there, we’ll drill a small hole in the crown of the affected tooth and remove the infected pulp. The pulp will be replaced with a rubber compound to keep the tooth solid and prevent reinfection. The hole in the exterior of the tooth will then be closed with a dental composite to make it more secure.
Some teeth may need additional support. To strengthen the tooth even more, Dr. Bloomquist may place a dental crown over the tooth.
How long does root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy usually takes around 60 to 90 minutes for one tooth. If you have a complex root structure or have multiple teeth that need treatment, your procedure may take longer or you may need multiple appointments to complete your root canal procedure.
Before your procedure, Dr. Bloomquist will scan your mouth to get an idea of the complexity of your root structure. From there, she’ll plan your procedure and let you know whether your treatment will require more than one appointment.
Is a root canal procedure painful?
While root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, technology and techniques have advanced to increase your comfort during the procedure. Most patients compare root canal therapy to receiving a tooth filling.
A local anesthetic is administered to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. But if you’re anxious or feel uncomfortable about an upcoming root canal, Dr. Bloomquist can administer sedation. The sedation will help you relax and dulls your senses, making the procedure more comfortable.