Few phrases elicit as many groans as “root canal” does. Many people believe it is a painful dental procedure, but in reality, root canal therapy relieves extreme tooth pain and helps you avoid costly tooth replacement treatments by saving your natural tooth. At Brampton Dental Arts in Brampton, ON, Dr. Azeem Sheikh and the entire dental team provide gentle, effective care so you can get out of pain and back to your normal life.
Also called “endodontic therapy,” root canal surgery eliminates diseased tissues and pain-inducing nerves from the inside of your tooth so that it can be saved from extraction. It is typically recommended when the soft tissue, called “pulp,” becomes infected or inflamed. This inflammation or infection can cause severe pain and the formation of an abscess, which if untreated, can lead to swelling in the facial area, the loss of bone around the tooth, holes in the tooth, and the spread of infection.
A variety of dental issues can lead to the need for a root canal, including:
During a root canal, an endodontist first numbs the area with a local anesthetic so that you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Then, a small opening is drilled into the tooth and the pulp and nerves are cleaned out of the tooth. It is then shaped and filled with a rubber-like material (called “gutta-percha”) that seals off the root canal of the tooth. Finally, a restoration is placed on the tooth—typically a crown—to protect it from future damage.
What is a root canal and its symptoms?
A root canal is when a patient has a cavity or a longstanding filling, and the nerve inside the tooth starts getting inflamed, and it starts causing pain.
Patients experience hot and cold sensitivity. Primarily it hurts to chew on it. They get throbbing, or in some cases, they start getting swelling because the nerve gets infected.
How does the treatment work?
A root canal is very similar to a filling. When there is a hole in a tooth, we clean it out, and we fill it.
With a root canal, there is a nerve inside the tooth, so we clean the inside portion of that tooth and then fill that again. As long as the tooth is well frozen, root canals are painless procedures.
How long does the treatment take?
Generally, they range from about 40 minutes up to about a couple of hours, depending on the size of the tooth. A smaller tooth in the front would take less time. A molar, which is at the back, would take more time because there is more root.
What to expect after the procedure?
The great outcome is you get to keep your tooth. The downside is that it does make the tooth weaker because, we have in essence hollowed out the tooth.
For root canals, we always recommend something called a crown or a cap that goes over the tooth.
A root canal and a crown go intimately close together. The tooth can be protected so that it doesn’t break in the future. These root canals allow one to keep their tooth for many years to come.
There is no need to suffer with tooth pain. At Brampton Dental Arts, you will feel welcome from the moment you step into the office and we take every measure to ensure that your experience is comfortable, from your time in the dental chair through recovery. If you have tooth pain or symptoms that indicate you may need endodontic treatment, we encourage you to call our Brampton, ON office today at 905-581-3726 to schedule your personalized consultation.
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