Root Canal Treatments
What Is A Root Canal?
Located in the root canal, the pulp is the most fragile part of the tooth as it contains vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that enable tooth growth during developmental stages. When the pulp inside a tooth becomes damaged or infected - this is where a root canal procedure comes in.
What is a Root Canal Used to Treat?
Whether you feel pain when you chew food, grind your teeth, or simply throughout the day, the pain comes from a severely infected pulp. Root Canals refer to disinfecting the roots of a tooth in order to repair and/or save the infected and damaged tooth that otherwise would have to be extracted.
Warning Signs - Do I need a Root Canal?
Sensitive teeth that linger from hot or cold items
Severe pain while eating or chewing
Small pimples near the gums of the infected tooth
Other teeth that are chipped and/or crack
Swollen and sore gums
How Often Should You Go For A Dental Checkup? Answer : At least every 6 months
If there are any problems that require surgical operations those would be booked as separate appointments and should not count towards one of your regular dental check-ups.
Root Canal - Treatment Process
If you are experiencing severe or slight pain while chewing, a sensitivity that lingers to warm or cold items and/or consistent pain in the mouth, it might indicate it’s time to visit your local dentist to get your tooth checked. Without treatment, the infection is only susceptible to spread, causing further damage to your tooth. Even if you experience minor pain, we recommend coming in for an appointment to ensure we can save the tooth before it’s too late.
Instead of a root canal, one can have the tooth extracted and instead replaced with an implant, bridge, or partial denture. This alternative is often more expensive and invasive and may even require a longer process and recovery.