In short, a root canal is performed to help save your natural teeth. When teeth are dying or infection is present, our dentist will skillfully determine the best course of action. It may involve a pain free root canal treatment called Root Canal Therapy. This is a skilled and time-consuming procedure, which can require more than one visit to the dentist. Root Canal Therapy is an essential dental treatment that helps prevent and correct major health issues in the mouth.
We provide single and multi root canal therapy. Root canal procedures remove the infected contents of the tooth including its nerve and blood supply. Once all the damaged tissues are removed, the tooth is sealed and cleaned with temporary or permanent fillings. Before a root canal treatment, the area is numbed carefully to prevent any pain. Our dentist has a special training to perform root canal therapy and will make sure that your procedure is done with the most profound care to ensure no pain or discomfort is felt during the procedure. Any future treatment after this procedure usually consists of filling the spaces in the teeth and within the roots. The final step may involve the installation of crown to permanently protect the treated tooth.
Each individual tooth is considered a living organ, receiving blood and nerve supply of the tooth, also known as the pulp, to maintain its optimal functionality. This supply runs in a very narrow canal in the center of the tooth. When decay or injury has infected the pulp, a root canal treatment is necessary as this can lead to an abscess forming which can be very painful. Dental decay in itself does not cause any pain, as teeth are comprised mostly of inorganic minerals. It is only at an advanced stage of decay that pain will be felt, as this canal with its nerve endings is “invaded”. Once this has happened, it will then be necessary to remove all the affected tissue within the pulp chamber, to provide pain relief and avoid extraction of the tooth.
If you think you might need a Root Canal, check out a few of the symptoms below:
When a tooth loses its blood supply, it becomes dehydrated. This means that the tiny microscopic channels in the structure of the tooth become dry. This causes the tooth to lose its natural resilience (bendability) and become brittle (liable to fracture). In order to protect the tooth from fracture, the final step of root canal treatment is often the installation of crowns to permanently secure the treated teeth. The fitted crown is made of a material with properties similar to those of a natural tooth before receiving the root canal. The crown contributes not only by strengthening the tooth but also by adding to its cosmetic improvement.