A root canal is designed to save a tooth with internal bacterial infection. At the Tooth Corner in Southern Ontario, our dentists provide root canal treatment. The procedure has come a long way in the past few decades. With microtools and modern techniques, we often complete the entire procedure in a single visit.
The process involves removing infection and infected tissues, and then filling and sealing the tooth. The term root canal stems from the part of the tooth affected, the root’s canals. Cracked teeth and cavities are two of the main issues that lead to the need for root canal treatment.
We will first examine your mouth and take an x-ray, so the dentist can diagnose your condition and confirm that you need root canal therapy. You may schedule the procedure or, in the case of an emergency, we might perform treatment the same day.
Our sedation methods will keep you comfortable throughout your visit. Treatment time will depend upon the complexity of your case. The dentist can inform you of how long the procedure should take.
Once you’re made comfortable, a small entry will be made in your affected tooth. Through this port, infected tissue and bacteria will be removed. Then, your dentist will fill and seal the roots with a dental product called gutta-percha. A temporary crown will complete the procedure that day. Before you leave, we’ll schedule the follow-up, when we will x-ray the tooth and place the permanent dental crown.
Expect to experience some discomfort in the days following the procedure. The dentist will provide you with instructions on what to take and do to alleviate swelling and pain. Understand that any pain should subside quickly. If the pain does not go away after two days, call us.
Chew foods on the opposite side of your mouth, for optimal comfort. This is particularly important while your mouth is still numb, so that you avoid biting your inner cheek.
Refrain from eating hard, chewy, or sticky foods until your permanent crown is placed.
Brush and floss regularly and keep your mouth clean.
Many patients ask if a root canal is necessary, or if there are alternatives. Tooth extraction is usually an option. However, the main benefit of root canal therapy is that the patient retains the treated tooth.
Keeping your natural tooth can alleviate issues that may come with extraction, such as: developing malocclusion (an uneven bite) and related issues, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder; teeth drifting out of place before you have the extracted tooth replaced; difficulty chewing or speaking clearly; and the degeneration of jawbone tissue. Also, after extraction, a tooth should be replaced, even if it is not visible when the patient smiles.
We strive to give our patients the best treatment options, so when keeping a natural tooth is possible, we encourage the patient to seriously consider the benefits.
Call your nearest Tooth Corner in Southern Ontario today to make an appointment. Our experienced dentists offer quality dental care, including root canal therapy, at affordable prices. We will take time to thoroughly examine your oral health and records, then present and explain treatment options. All the while, you will feel welcome, respected, and well cared for under our care!