Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy

We offer a wide range of dental services and Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures that we do on daily bases. This endodontic procedure is designed to remove an infected/inflamed nerve, also known as the pulp, from inside the roots of your tooth to prevent the spreading of infection into the surrounding bone and save your natural tooth for a healthy smile. Root canal therapy has high success and is a good alternative to tooth extraction, but sometimes, if the tooth is badly decayed complete tooth extraction is the only option for the dead tooth.

What is a root canal?
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The dental pulp is soft tissue consisting of connective tissue, blood vessels, special cells, and nerve inside the tooth. Part of the dental pulp is in the crown (pulp chamber) and another part extends all the way down to the end of the root (apex). When the tooth has a deep cavity (deep decay), the soft pulp dies. The dead pulp can cause chronic tooth pain or might have no symptoms for a long time until chronic inflammation becomes acute with severe tooth pain.

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Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  •  Sensitivity to heat and cold that lingers for more than a few seconds
  • Throbbing tooth pain that doesn’t go away
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swollen gum around the tooth
  •  An abscess (pimple) on the gum
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth (pain when you eat or touch your tooth)
  •  Sometimes no symptoms are present
Root Canal Therapy

Steps of the procedure

In most cases, a root canal procedure requires one appointment, but sometimes it can require two or more appointments. After the infected tooth and surrounding gum are numb, a small rubber dam will be placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it free of saliva. Next, a small access opening is made in the tooth to access the infected pulp. Special dental instruments are used to remove inflamed nerve tissue and bacteria from the root canal system. After root canals are cleaned and properly shaped, the empty space is sealed with a flexible, rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. The access opening is filled, depending on the situation, with a dental filling: temporary filling, or permanent filling.

It is recommended to place a dental crown on the treated tooth to protect it from breaking and restore your bite to full function and a beautiful smile.

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IF you do need the root canal treatment, we will take excellent care of you!

How to prevent needing a root canal

Every person should see the dentist once or twice a year, depending on their oral health condition, to keep their mouth healthy. A regular dental check-up can help avoid future root canal treatment. Dentists can detect problems (tooth decay) early before they get to the stage of requiring root canal therapy. Maintaining your daily dental care with regular brushing and flossing and frequent professional cleaning will help to reduce the chance of needing root canal therapy.


Is it as painful as everyone says?

Endodontic treatment is NOT a painful procedure. The local anesthetic will numb the tooth and the area around the tooth so that no pain will be felt. If you are nervous/anxious about having dental work done, our clinic offers nitrous oxide, colloquially known as laughing gas, oral sedation, or a combination of nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
Your tooth may feel a little uncomfortable after initial treatment, but the postoperative sensitivity issues should alleviate 48 hours post-treatment. You can still feel some discomfort especially when chewing on the affected side, but all symptoms should alleviate two weeks post-treatment.
A porcelain crown or metal crown (of your choice) is recommended after a root canal as the needs extra protection to prevent it from cracking or breaking. After a complete root canal, the structure of that tooth has lost some of its integrity meaning it is slightly weakened. The crown is a good dental solution for treated teeth and can help preserve the longevity of the tooth like a protective helmet.
It is always recommended to see your dentist at least once or twice a year to catch any problems before they develop into root canals. It is also recommended to get professional dental cleanings as well to maintain your oral health keeping those teeth strong longer.
It is dependent on the complexity of the case. Typically, it requires one appointment for a root canal, but sometimes if the tooth has a lot of pus, then two or more appointments may be needed.

Whether you’re in need of regular dental hygiene, emergency dental care or a variety of preventative and restorative procedures, we’ve got you covered! Our team will support you in making the best decisions for your oral care with information and advice that is unique to your needs. We offer a wide range of dental services.

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