The word “Root Canal” is usually a reminder of pain and discomfort feelings for many people who has undergone the process in the past. The main target of maintaining oral health is to preserve all teeth in a vital condition, however, this is not always possible.
UNDERSTANDING ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected which often causes severe pain. This type of problem is usually caused by deep decay, repeated dental treatment on the tooth, a crack or chip, or an injury sustained to the tooth.
In many cases patients do not maintain their regular dental visits and expose themselves to the risk of growing decays to the extent that passes their tooth enamel and reaches the pulp. Tooth pulp is the live part of the tooth which is much softer than the enamel or dentin and can NOT tolerate any infection even though it’s very minor.
Once this happen, the patient will suffer sensitivity or severe pain in that area which can only be treated by the process of “Root Canal”. During this process, all the nerve canals will be cleaned and all the pulp tissues will be removed. This tooth will no longer be alive and it will be more fragile which sometimes dentists recommend to have a crown above in order to preserve the tooth from possible fracture or breakage.
Root Canal Treatment is not always recommended for all the cases. If the tooth has very weak structure that cannot be a firm foundation for a crown, it is considered hopeless and will be extracted. In these cases, Dental Implants will become the only solution to fill the missing tooth spot.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PROCEDURE
In most cases, the tooth can be saved with the treatment of the nerve by removing the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of the root canal, filling and finally, sealing the space. Once the root canal is deemed successful, a restoration and crown are placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to its full function.
In some cases, if the canals are difficult to access, a referral to an Endodontist (root canal specialist) may be required. Advanced technology has enabled root canal therapy to be performed with the high rate of success and less time-consuming.
Surgical procedures such as apicoectomy are also performed on root canal treated teeth that have persistent infection or inflammation at the root of the tooth. This method allows the dentist to open the area near the tooth, eliminate any affected tissue and remove the very end of the root to promote proper healing.
Emerald Dental Care in Thornhill is providing root canal services by an Endodontist, Dr. Farzad Salehipour and by the use of the latest technology and equipment.
Contact us to book for a consultation appointment or to get some more information about root canal treatment costs.