Root canal therapy is a reliable and comfortable restorative procedure. Performed in-office by your dentist, Dr. Brian Kaplansky and Dr. Aliki Divaris, at Creditview Dental in Mississauga, ON, root canals avoid extraction and heal infection. Do you need root canal therapy?
Inside an ailing tooth
Deep inside each tooth is a network of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If damaged by decay or injury or invaded by bacteria, this soft interior pulp becomes infected, causing destructive and uncomfortable symptoms.
Fortunately, your Mississauga, ON, dentist can remove that pulp from a tooth's central chamber and narrow canals which run down each root. The tooth functions well without the pulp and can last indefinitely when sealed and crowned by a root canal procedure.
It starts with a complete examination and X-rays. If Dr. Kaplansky determines root canal therapy is the right option, he will numb the tooth and drill a tiny hole into the tooth. This opening allows him to extract the pulp, shape the canal walls, and seal the area with a natural substance called gutta-percha.
The dentist cleans and seals each canal and covers the tooth with a temporary filling or cap. Healing takes a week or so, and then you return to the office for placement of a beautiful porcelain crown.
The American Association of Endodontists says that your fully restored tooth should last for the rest of your life. Just brush, floss, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist semi-annually for a hygienic cleaning and check-up.
Signs you need a root canal
Sometimes, dental breakdown exhibits few to no symptoms. However, other teeth obviously are deteriorating and infected as evidenced by:
- Toothache pain
- Dental sensitivity to pressure, heat, cold, or sugar
- Jaw and gum swelling
- Drainage from the tooth
- Discoloration of tooth enamel
- A noticeable crack or large chip
- Pimples or sores on the gums near the tooth or its neighbors
Only your dentist can tell you the condition of your tooth and how to treat it.
For additional information about root canals or any of the other services provided at Creditview Dental, call the office. We'll be happy to answer your questions or schedule you for a friendly consultation with Dr. Kaplansky in Mississauga, ON. Phone (905) 826-4929.