Root Canal Therapy
Contamination to the tooth pulp can cause infection which might require root canal therapy. Our dentists will check for inflamed or infected areas at every dental appointment.
What is root canal therapy?
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removal of the infected pulp tissue from inside the affected tooth.
By removing the pulp, we both remove the infection and prevent future infection.
The hollow area is then filled with material.
A root canal removes this infection and prevents future infections from developing
After a root canal, the tooth is often protected with a crown.
When is a root canal necessary?
A root canal is necessary when your tooth has developed, or is very likely to develop, an infection in the pulp, the soft tissue inside your tooth.
Once you have an infection in the pulp of a tooth, you will need a dental intervention since this type of infection cannot clear up on its own and can result in an abscess.
If an abscess develops in your tooth, substantial complications such as loss of the tooth or bone loss may occur. An abscess can even negatively impact your overall health.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, our experienced team will begin by applying a local anaesthetic. We will remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Once the infected pulp has been completely extracted, we use dental material to fill in the hollow area in the tooth created by the extraction. Typically, a crown will be recommended on a tooth that has had a root canal to provide strength and structure and to protect it from future damage.
What can I expect after my root canal?
Often patients tell us that they experience no discomfort after a root canal, although some minor tenderness may be experienced for a short period of time. We often prescribe medications such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics.
After your root canal, you will be able to enjoy food and drinks without sensitivity or pain due to heat, cold, or pressure.
If you have any questions about root canals, or any other dental procedure, contact our friendly team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.
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