Root canal therapy is a reliable and comfortable restorative procedure performed in-office by your dentist at Creditview Dental in Mississauga, ON. Root canals can help you avoid the need for an extraction and heal infection.
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 your dentist 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
- Discolouration of tooth enamel
- A noticeable crack or large chip
- Pimples or sores on the gums near the tooth or its neighbours
Only your dentist can tell you the condition of your tooth and how to treat it.