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Understanding Root Canal Therapy: What to Expect

July 9, 2024 / DENTISTRY

Root Canal Therapy: What You Need to Know

Root canal therapy often brings to mind images of pain and discomfort, but the reality is far from this outdated stereotype. For many, root canal treatment is a straightforward procedure that relieves the pain caused by an infected tooth, restoring oral health and preserving your natural smile. Whether you're a new patient considering your options or an existing patient seeking more information, here’s everything you need to know about root canal therapy.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure aimed at saving a tooth that has been severely infected or damaged. The term "root canal" refers to the natural cavity within the tooth that houses the pulp – a soft tissue consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When this pulp becomes infected due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma, it can cause significant pain and lead to abscess formation if untreated.

The Root Canal Procedure: Step by Step

  1. Diagnosis and Preparation

    The process begins with a thorough examination and x-rays to determine the extent of the infection. Our dental team will discuss your symptoms and any concerns you might have. Once it's clear that a root canal is necessary, the area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

  2. Accessing the Pulp

    A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the infected pulp. This is typically done with a dental drill. The pulp is then carefully removed from the pulp chamber and root canals.

  3. Cleaning and Shaping

    The empty canals are meticulously cleaned to remove any remaining debris and bacteria. They are then shaped to accommodate the filling material. This step is crucial in preventing future infections.

  4. Filling the Canals

    The cleaned and shaped canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This rubber-like substance helps seal the canals and prevent bacteria from re-entering.

  5. Restoring the Tooth

    After the canals are filled, the tooth is temporarily sealed. In a follow-up visit, a permanent crown or filling is placed to restore the tooth’s function and appearance.

Why Opt for Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is often the best option for saving a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Preserving your natural tooth is advantageous because it maintains proper chewing function, prevents neighboring teeth from shifting, and helps retain the natural appearance of your smile.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Post-procedure, some sensitivity is normal, but it should subside within a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers and maintaining good oral hygiene will help manage any discomfort. Most importantly, follow-up appointments with us at Vellore Corners Dentistry in Vaughn are crucial to monitor healing and ensure the success of the treatment.

Are you experiencing tooth pain or suspect you might need a root canal? Don’t let fear or uncertainty keep you from seeking the care you need. At Vellore Corners Dentistry we are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective treatment to help you regain your oral health and smile confidently. Schedule an appointment with us today, by calling us at (905) 417-8111, to discuss your concerns and explore the best options for your dental care.

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