Experiencing a toothache? Extreme lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, pain on biting, or tooth pain that is waking you up in the night?
You may need a root canal to save the tooth and get rid of your pain. Our dental team at Humewood Dental offer root canal treatments to our patients to relieve pain and discomfort.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
When the core of your tooth - referred to as the "pulp" - becomes infected or inflamed, we perform root canal therapy to treat it. Left unattended, an infected pulp can cause loss of teeth, pain, swelling, or an abscess. Undergoing root canal therapy is a necessary step for infection, and it is the best option for avoiding teeth extraction. Root canal therapy maintains your natural tooth without the need for dentures or implants as a replacement, leaving you looking and feeling normal.
Root Canal Procedure
Root canal treatment starts by clearing out damaged areas of the tooth under local anesthetic. Once the pulp chamber has been breached, more anesthetic may be injected to relieve any further pain. All the tissues within the tooth will be removed and the inside will be disinfected. The root canals will be filled with a rubber-like material and the pulp chamber is filled with cotton, and a temporary filling used to seal the opening. During the next visit, the temporary filling will be replaced with a core buildup and the tooth is finished with a filling or a crown.
If you think you may need a root canal treatment, schedule an appointment at our dental office on St. Clair West today.