When it comes to root canals, most patients will experience significant reduction of the pain they were in than before having the root canal treatment. Bow Island Dental Centre can help! A root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than a filling. Also known as an endodontic treatment, a root canal is usually necessitated by a severe infection in the pulp under the hard layers of a tooth. The infection is caused by bacteria entering the tooth through a deep cavity, a cracked filling, or other cracks in the enamel.
A local anaesthetic usually performs the root canal treatment. Once the area is numb, we perform the following:
Create an opening in the tooth to have access to the root canal system
Slightly enlarge the root canal to permit thorough cleaning
Clear away and clean all infected tissue with fine dental instruments
Seal the canal to prevent any further infection
Seal the initial opening with a permanent or temporary filling
Following the root canal, we restore the shape of the tooth with a permanent filling or a crown. If your tooth is in the back, it will typically require a crown to withstand the force of chewing. If there’s not enough of the tooth left to hold the crown, our dental professional may use posts to support the crown.
Most root canal treatments are successful, which prevent the need for a tooth extraction along with the problems that are associated with missing teeth. Following a root canal treatment, most of our patients only experience some lingering tenderness that fades in a couple of days. To help the treated tooth stay healthy, follow good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits.
If you are experiencing any toothache, contact the professional team at Bow Island Dental Centre for help.