Root Canal Therapy

We save your teeth

Sometimes people see a root canal as something very scary, but we do our best to make this experience for you simple and painless.

If you’re wondering what a root canal is and when it’s needed, read below for a detailed explanation about this dental treatment, when it’s needed and what it involves.

What is Root Canal treatment?

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth.

The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp or nerve), cleaning and disinfecting what remains, and then filling and sealing it.

The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root where the tooth's nerve and blood vessels can be found, where they extend from the crown to the tip of the root.

Most of the time the root canal is completed in one appointment, but if the tooth is infected two appointments may be required.

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Are root canals painful?

Local anaesthesia (freezing) will be administered before the root canal begins to make treatment painless.

While there may be some discomfort for a brief period after treatment, this can be controlled with anti-inflammatory medication like Advil (Ibuprofen).

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When do you need a root canal?

Root canal therapy is an indispensable procedure in treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, infected or broken.

Root canal treatment may be required when the tooth becomes very painful, tender to bite onto, very sensitive to heat or cold, if a large cavity has extended into the nerve, the tooth has changed color, or the tooth develops an abscess.

Sometimes the pulp of the tooth will die without causing any noticeable pain; other times the pain can be very intense, sharp, or throbbing even to the point of keeping you up at night.

In addition, the face may become swollen.

Dr. Newman will take an X-ray and test your tooth to establish a diagnostic before commencing any treatment.

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How long will the tooth last after the root canal?

Root canal therapy can maintain your tooth’s life for many years, saving it from extraction.

The success rate of a root canal treatment is reported to be about 95% and is influenced by many factors such as the patient's health condition, the health of the gum and bone supporting the tooth, the amount of tooth structure left after decay is cleaned up, the presence of fracture lines in the tooth, and the complexity of the anatomy of the roots and canals inside them.

Although we cannot guarantee the successful outcome of root canal procedures, you can be assured that the most advanced techniques and treatments will be performed to ensure the best prognosis possible.

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What should I expect after a root canal?

After the canals are filled and sealed, a filling will be placed in the coronal part of the tooth.

Unfortunately, after root canal therapy the tooth often becomes brittle.

To protect the tooth from fracture, it is recommended that a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy be restored with a crown.

Removal of pulp tissue from a root canal can produce an inflammation in the tissues surrounding the tooth that could last up to 7-10 days.

Antibiotics are indicated in case of an infection and we always recommend anti-inflammatory medication like Advil (Ibuprofen) to minimize the pain and inflammation that occurs after the treatment.

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Your teeth are important!

We do our best to save your teeth

When a tooth becomes infected and it hurts don’t delay your visit to the dentist. Don’t let fear keep you from coming in, a root canal treatment is done under anesthesia.