Your next step is usually non-surgical treatment to remove the tooth’s injured pulp and to cleanse and seal your tooth’s root canal system.
After checking in with the friendly receptionist, a dental assistant will call you back into the examining room where you will be seated.
Dr. Harris will greet you and aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible. To numb the affected area and provide a painless experience, he will administer local anesthesia, which entails a topical numbing gel and an injection near the affected tooth.
While you wait for the anesthesia to take effect (approximately 5-10 minutes), you may read magazines or watch television on the examining room’s flatscreen television.
Dr. Harris will ensure you are adequately numb and then he will complete the root canal by opening the tooth, and while looking through a high-powered, ceiling-mounted microscope, remove the infected tissue from the tooth.
During the procedure, you may listen to music on your iPod, watch television on the flatscreen television or relax and close your eyes. Dr. Harris is gentle and ensures your comfort during every step of the treatment process. You should not experience any discomfort during your root canal treatment.
When Dr. Harris completes your root canal, he places a temporary filling in the tooth.
The dental assistant will review aftercare instructions, and Dr. Harris will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
You will check out at the reception desk and receive a packet of take-home materials. In most cases, you will return to your normal routine.
This appointment typically lasts approximately 90 to 120 minutes.