Root Canal Therapy at Trafalgar Village Dental
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are the hollow channels reaching from the central chamber to the bottom of the tooth roots. The endodontic root canal treatment is often called by the same name, although endodontists and others in the dental field refer to it as a root canal procedure, therapy, or surgery.
Root Canal Symptoms
It is important to visit a dentist who specializes in endodontics when symptoms of a root canal problem first emerge. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, the endodontist may determine that a root canal procedure is necessary. The en dodontist will first take x-rays to find out how close the damage is to the nerve inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. Often, if a cavity is found to be near the pulp, the pulp will have already become infected. In this case a root canal procedure will eliminate the pain and remove any infected tissue. If tooth infection is allowed to continue untreated, the patient may lose the tooth completely, necessitating a dental implant or a dental bridge.
Common symptoms of a root canal infection:
When the nerve or pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause pain, swelling, and throbbing. This can be a result of trauma to the tooth or bacteria from decay. Root canal or endodontic therapy simply removes the source of infection along with blood and nerve supply, after which an inert filling material is placed to seal the tooth.
- Sharp, acute or intense pain
- Pain when biting
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth feels higher when biting
- Tenderness and swelling of soft tissue around the tooth
- Bad taste in the mouth
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal treatment starts by cleaning out damaged areas of the tooth. This is generally performed under local anesthetic, so the root canal procedure is generally no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Once the endodontist has breached the pulp chamber, further anesthetic may be injected directly into the nerve of the tooth. This effectively deadens any further pain.
The goal of root canal treatment is to retain your tooth in your dental arch. Why? It is important to preserve the jaw bone that supports the tooth and to provide an even surface on which to chew food.
Dr. Nitin Kapoor in Oakville, Ontario is pleased to provide root canal treatment in his Trafalgar Village Dental office for your convenience.