The pulp is the nerve of your tooth, where blood and nutrients needed by a healthy tooth circulate. If the pulp is damaged for any reason, it is susceptible to infection and can result in pain, swelling, bone damage and loss of the tooth. To save the original tooth and avoid the problems associated with damaged pulp, root canal therapy is often an option.
If you’re experiencing pain or sensitivity with your tooth, contact us to book an appointment to have it checked out. At East Mall Family Dental, our team has over 20 years of experience helping patients maintain their beautiful and healthy teeth.
Root canal therapy allows us to save your tooth, avoiding more costly procedures such as an implant or denture. The process involves creating an opening in the crown of your tooth. The pulp in the root canal is completely removed, and the canal is cleaned out, shaped and smoothed. Any infection (we refer to infection as abscess) is treated, and the bacteria that caused it is cleaned out.
The canal area, once infection-free, is filled and sealed. As the tooth will no longer be receiving vital nutrients, it will be more brittle than the surrounding teeth. For this reason, we create a crown or cap to strengthen and protect your tooth’s chewing surface, especially if it was one of your back teeth. Once ready, the crown is cemented into place. Your own natural tooth, rather than an artificial replacement, keeps its place in your smile.
Will I Need Additional Treatments?
A root canal procedure involves a few visits to our office, as the procedure is done in stages to allow for proper healing of infection and creation of the crown. You may notice that the treated tooth will often darken or discolour once the pulp is removed. If the treatment involves one of your front teeth, our whitening procedure can brighten up that tooth – along with the rest of your smile. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.