Root Canals Mississauga
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth not only helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems but it also helps to avoid having to replace it with an artificial tooth.
How do I know if I Need a Root Canal?
- Painful toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
- Hot or Cold tooth sensitivity that lingers for more than a few seconds
- Pain when biting into certain foods
- Have a swelling in the gums near a tooth
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may need root canal treatment to eliminate your discomfort.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.
Who does this procedure?
In most cases, we can perform the root canal treatment in our office. In complicated cases we may work with an endodontist to do the root canal treatment, but Dr. Lee will ALWAYS restore the tooth afterwards. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed a university post-graduate specialty program concerned with the treatment of the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth.
Tooth restoration after root canal treatment
After a root canal treatment, your tooth has to be restored (fixed) to look and function as much like a natural tooth as possible. Dr. Lee may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. The choice of restoration will depend on the strength of the part of the tooth that's left. A back tooth will likely need a crown because chewing puts a great deal of force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.
Unfortunately, you can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage. With proper care and regular dental visits, the tooth could last as long as your other teeth. Most of the time, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can be saved. However, there are cases where everything possible has been done to save a tooth and still the tooth must be extracted (pulled).
If you think you might be in need of root canal treatment, please give Credit River Dental Centre a call!