I am having root canal. Today was the 3rd appointment. I want to know if everything is going fine. 1st app. - Dentist injected local anesthesia 6 times. But could not numb me. May be for bad infection. So he drilled my molar without numbing. I felt pain. He used a syringe needle to clear pulps inside. I see on sites that a file is used. But he used needle. Is it ok? Then he temporary capped. 2nd app - He drilled temp cap and inserted some cotton with a little medicine on it. Maybe antibiotic. Then temp capped. I see on sites that a material called gutta percha is used. I don't know what that is but he filled the canal with cotton. There was a leak in the cap and I tasted that medicine whole day he used on cotton. I think water and other food I ate got inside the cap. Is it a problem? 3rd app - Dentist drilled my tooth and made it flat. Took measurement of my bite. I told him about the leak. But he said it's not a problem.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - July - 2011, at 10:57 AM

  • From your description it seems that you are getting multiple visit Root Canal treatment. Normally before the first visit if infection is there then antibiotics are given before start of Root Canal treatment so that during root canal treatment the numbing shot is effective. In the first visit access cavity is prepared and canals are cleaned using files then temporary filling is done. In second visit filling is removed and if the tooth is symptom less then canals are filled with gutta percha points and then tooth is prepared for the permanent cap. In your case why needles are used instead of files and why temporary crown is given in the first visit only cannot be explained. It is better you take second opinion as it is difficult ot comment on somebody's expertise without having clear picture. It is better that you should consult a specialist in Root Canal treatment which is an Endodontist. For more info on root canal procedur you can read this article... http://www.identalhub.com/article_how-root-canal-treatment-is-done-298.aspx

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