If you have a tooth that is badly decayed or infected, then you may need root canal therapy. This treatment is done with the purpose of saving the tooth, which, if not treated, would otherwise rot and need to be removed. At Maxwell Heights Dental, we have trained professionals that are committed to helping the community of Oshawa & Durham to avoid these dental issues.
Reasons to Get a Root Canal
You may require root canal treatment if:
- There are signs of deep decay in the tooth pulp.
- There are signs of injury or trauma on the tooth in question.
- There are signs that point towards an infection developing inside a tooth.
How Root Canal Treatment is Performed
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
A root canal procedure usually requires one or more appointments and can be performed by either a dentist or an endodontist. First, the dentist administers anesthesia to numb the tooth so you have a pain free experience. Once the tooth is numb, a dental dam will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, keeping it clean and dry during the procedure.
Then, the dentist will use a small set of tools and will access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening in the top portion of the tooth. The dentist will use small files to clear away the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth. If there are signs of tooth decay, they will also be removed. Your dentist might also put an antimicrobial solution in the chamber to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk for further infection.
Once cleaned, the tooth is sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling to prevent future infection. After a few weeks have passed, your dentist will finish the treatment by placing a permanent crown or a similar type of restoration on the top of the tooth.
After The Procedure
Once the root canal treatment is fully completed, you may be called back in for a follow-up appointment. It is very important to take good care of your teeth and gums after a root canal procedure, and the best practice is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly and get appointments for consistent checkups and cleanings.
Why Choose Us?
Here at Maxwell Heights Dental, we understand that you are looking for a high-quality dental care centre in order to keep your teeth and oral hygiene in the best condition possible. We have trained and professional dentists at our clinic, who have the necessary skills and experience to offer reliable dental care in a professional and friendly manner to help and properly serve the region of Durham, and the community of Oshawa. Contact our clinic today!