If you’ve experienced damage to the nerve tissue of your tooth, the East End Dental team can alleviate your pain and discomfort with root canal treatment. Despite this procedure’s unfair reputation, it’s a routine, painless way to restore your tooth. We help you with this procedure in a professional and caring manner so that you don’t experience any discomfort. Treatment on your root canal in St. John’s may be done in one or two appointments. After removing the infected and inflamed soft tissue within your tooth, the tooth is sealed and filled. After the root canal is successfully completed, restoring the tooth with a crown is usually highly recommended to preserve the tooth structure and provide strength for chewing.
What Root Canal Treatment Is All About
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is also known by some as endodontic treatment. Dentists essentially remove dead or infected pulp from the ailing tooth. The root canal system is present within the tooth and is comprised of blood vessels, nerves and other tissue to assist in the development of your teeth. The purpose behind a root canal treatment is to treat the inflammation or infection of the pulp, caused by anything between decay to excessive dental treatments.
The pulp can also be affected as a result of external tooth damage and when ignored, can lead to an abscess. The usual signs that tell you it’s time to get a treatment done are pain, over-sensitivity, and swelling, among others. However, in some cases, there might be zero symptoms until it’s too late and the damage is permanent. It is therefore important to have regular dental checkups done at a reliable dentist’s.
The Root Canal Procedure
- The first step is the application of an anesthetic to provide pain-relief.
- A rubber dental dam is used by the dentist to isolate the tooth from the bacteria in the mouth.
- Then, the dentist drills an opening in the tooth to access the pulp in the root canal.
- The damaged pulp is removed and the root canal is cleaned.
- The canal is then filled up and sealed appropriately with a filling.
You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage. With proper care and regular dental visits, the tooth could last as long as your other teeth. Call us today so we can discuss your options and begin treatment!