Root Canal Treatment in Woodbridge, ON
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is also referred to as endodontic treatment. Root canal treatment is performed when the nerve and pulp of the tooth become infected, damaged or dies. A successful root canal procedure will allow you to save the infected tooth instead of having it extracted from the mouth. It is always beneficial to save a natural tooth instead of removing it.
Symptoms of an infected tooth
Inside the tooth is a space that contains nerves and blood vessels, that help the tooth to grow. This area is referred to as the root canal system. The nerves and blood vessels that are contained in this space, are called the dental pulp. When a tooth suffers an injury, becomes damaged, or develops a cavity; the tooth may develop an infection of the dental pulp. An infected tooth is also called an abscessed tooth. The infected tooth will eventually cause pain and may become swollen if left untreated. It can also lead to more serious health issues if the infection is not treated.
Root Canal Treatment Steps
- Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb or freeze the affected area.
- An opening in the tooth is created to access the root canal system and the dental pulp.
- Your dentist will remove the dental pulp by cleaning the root canal system.
- Once the canal is clean, it is filled and sealed.
- The final step is to seal the opening of the tooth.
If you have recently injured your tooth or you notice pain and swelling that persists for more than a few days, contact your dentist. They will be able to perform and exam and take a dental X-ray of the affected area to diagnose the issue. Dental pain is something that should not be ignored.