Why might I need root canal therapy?

If you have a tooth which is severely decayed or infected, root canal therapy may be recommended by your Humber Valley Dental dentist in Bolton, Ontario. Our team will evaluate you when you are dealing with discomfort and damage to the teeth to decide if this treatment is right for you.

What exactly is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy, also referred to by our dental team as endodontic therapy, is a treatment that involves removing the damaged or infected tissue from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing it. Root canal therapy might save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted, making it the only alternative outside of removing a permanent adult tooth.

Why might I need root canal treatment?

There are a few reasons why a patient might require root canal therapy, including:
– Severe tooth decay
– A deep cavity
– An infection in the tooth pulp
– Damage to the natural tooth and structure from a trauma or injury

What are some indications that I need to be evaluated for root canal therapy?

Symptoms that might indicate you could benefit from root canal therapy include:
– Severe toothache, pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter pain medication
– Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
– Tenderness or swelling in the gums
– A visible bump on the gums

What can I expect during my root canal therapy?

Drs. Geeta Gautham, David Ma, and Ammar Taimish of Humber Valley Dental can talk to you about what you can expect before, during, and following the treatment. This procedure is completed with proper sedation and anesthetics to ensure patients don’t feel a thing! An access point is made in the enamel, allowing the dentist to remove the dental pulp from the inside of the natural tooth and fill it with gutta-percha to seal it. The tooth is covered with a dental crown afterward as an extra layer of strength and protection for the weakened tooth.

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Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

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