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During the surgical portion of a root canal, the decayed tooth is first anesthetized. A hole is made through the crown of the tooth, down into the pulp. The surgeon uses tiny metal instruments to extract the remaining pulp from the tooth, and thoroughly cleans and disinfects the canal(s). If the tooth canal is twisted, the surgeon may have to enter the tooth through the gums to remove the difficult-to-reach pulp. Once cleaned out, the canal(s) is re-shaped to allow the surgeon to easily and completely fill the interior of the tooth. The canal(s) is filled with a rubberized inert material that helps prevent future infection. A temporary seal protects the tooth until the patient can return to the dentist’s office. A permanent metal pin may be attached to the root of the tooth to provide long term structural support.

On your follow-up visit, the temporary sealing is removed and a permanent crown or veneer is fitted on the tooth to permanently seal it.

Health Risks

Although a root canal is an often-performed procedure, complications may occur. These include bleeding, soreness in the jaw, infection, and a reaction to the anesthesia. Occasionally, the tiny metal instruments used to clean the canal break off inside the tooth. Although the surgeon can usually recover them, they may have to be permanently sealed up within the tooth, where they pose a very small chance of future infection. If the tooth is unable to be properly cleaned, or if bacteria has damaged the tooth beyond repair, the surgeon may have to extract the tooth. In order to maximize surgical success, always follow your dentist’s specific pre and postoperative instructions.

Healozone for root canal treatment

Pain-free and caries-free in no time at all thanks to ozone. You now have the option of using this forward-looking therapy during root canal treatment. A world first. KaVo HealOzone has been specially enhanced for use in root canal treatment.

  • Easy to use
  • Root canal treatment can sometimes be completed in a single session
  • Effective pain-relief
  • Intended for disinfecting and drying the root canal
  • Scientifically proven effectiveness