Root canal therapy is an indispensable procedure in treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or broken. Root canal therapy can maintain your teeth life for more years, saving them from extraction.
The dentist will access the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth and will reveal the root canals contained in the roots of the tooth. The infected nerve is removed and the canals are shaped using special files to smooth the walls and ensure no pulp tissue or infection is left. The canals are then filled with a special material that seals off the root canals.
A root canal is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canal, and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. Unfortunately, after root canal therapy the tooth often becomes brittle. To protect the tooth from fracture, it is recommended that a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy be restored with a crown.
Because of the complexity and difficulty of root canal therapy (due to multiple configurations and particularities of root canal in each individual) this treatment is always a challenge for the dentist. Sometimes is necessary to refer the patient to Endodontists specialized in root canal therapy.
A root canal treatment is also called an endodontic treatment. It’s a procedure for the teeth where the pulp or tissue has become infected or inflamed. Inside a tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp is beneficial for the growth and development of a tooth.
Once the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, a root canal treatment might be necessary to remove the infected areas. During a root canal treatment, the dentist will remove the infected nerves and tissues from the inside of the dental crown and the roots of the tooth.
After all the infected nerves and tissues are removed, the opened canal is sealed with a natural rubber-like material and the opening of the tooth is also sealed to prevent further infections to the area.
Getting a root canal treatment can be a scary process. At City Oasis Dental, we do everything in our power to ensure your visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We offer VIP services where we close the clinic to other patients during your appointment, so you can relax without outside pressure.
Dr. Jennifer Lai and her team are extremely professional and have many years of experience serving patients in the Toronto area. Her team has experience in endodontics practice, so you receive high-quality treatment. We’re also more than happy to answer questions you have. Our goal is to maintain the human experience throughout your treatment, so you always feel comfortable and well-taken care of
If you have persistent pain, sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures, swollen gums, or tooth discoloration, these symptoms show you might need to visit the dentist for a root canal. Root canals are also needed when you have a cracked tooth from an injury, issues from a previous dental filling, or a deep cavity that can’t be filled.
If you have prolonged decay, it’s best to remove the nerves and tissues that are infected or inflamed to prevent further damage to your tooth and surrounding area.
During the root canal treatment, the dentist will first clean the root canal. While the infected area is under local anesthesia, the dentist makes a small hole in the surface of your tooth and removes all the infected and dead pulp tissue.
The next step is to fill the root canal. Once the hole is cleaned and shaped using files and solutions, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material and the canal is completely sealed. Lastly, the dentist will add a crown or filling to protect the surface of the tooth from further infections.
Signs you need root canal treatment include persistent and severe toothaches, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration, swollen gums, and tenderness in the gums. Other signs include tooth mobility and a chipped or cracked tooth.