The root canal is one of the most popular treatments for repairing an infected or badly damaged tooth. When the nerve and pulp of a tooth become inflamed or infected from deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, large fillings, or cracks in the tooth, a root canal procedure is used to fix the tooth. The condition can also occur after facial trauma.
Common Causes of Root Canal
There are many signs that can indicate you have an infected root canal. Among those, the most common symptoms are:
- The tooth may be sensitive to heat or cold for a long time
- There is sharp pain when chewing or biting
- Gums covered in pimples
- Teeth that have been chipped or cracked
- A painful or swollen gum
- Gums that are dark or decayed
How is a root canal treatment done?
Our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. While our dentist treats your tooth, a rubber dam is placed around your tooth to ensure that bacteria in your saliva won’t contaminate it. During the root canal procedure, our dentist gains access to the pulp canal through the top of the tooth. . Precise dental instruments are used to remove the pulp from the root canal. Our dentist fills and seals the canal after it has been cleaned. An immediate or permanent filling is then applied.
How is a tooth restored after root canal treatment
Root canals are performed in order to preserve as much of the natural appearance, feel, and function of your tooth as possible. A dentist or prosthodontist can restore your tooth if a root canal treatment was performed by an endodontist.
Dentists who specialize in prosthodontics use crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants to restore and replace teeth. Depending on your dental needs, our dentist may recommend a permanent filling or crown. Based on the remaining tooth part’s strength, a restoration will be chosen. In most cases, back teeth will require a crown since chewing puts massive force on them. In some situations, supporting posts may be needed to support the crown if no sufficient tooth remains.
What else should you know?
You may experience tooth sensitivity for a week or two after root canal treatment. It is uncommon to experience extreme pain or swelling. Call our Downtown Toronto dentist if this happens.
Root canals can still lead to cavities and gum disease. In addition to root canal treatment, your tooth is not protected from other forms of damage. If you take proper care of the tooth and go to the dentist regularly, it could last as long as your other teeth. Most of the time, teeth that have been treated with a root canal can be saved.
Looking for reliable root canal treatment in Toronto? Call our Downtown Toronto dental office, Richmond West Dental at 416-366-0777 or click here to book an appointment online.