Thursday, January 21, 2010
After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.
The length of the root canals is determined. Unhealthy pulp is removed. (in my case, I already had a root canal on this tooth 8 years ago, something went amiss, and therefore I needed a second root canal)
Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
Canals are filled and sealed. (medication was added to my canals to prevent further infection)
The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. Usually a gold or porcelain crown adds further protection. (I already had a crown in place, so the doctor drilled through it) There is only a 20-30% chance that my bone/jaw will heal correctly, if it does not, then the tooth will be extracted!
To say the least, I have not been a happy camper for the past 3 days. Pain pills and soft foods, just dont cut it for me.