ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal therapy is probably the most feared dental procedure. There are many patients that go as far as requesting that a tooth is extracted, rather than save it with a root canal.  But there are a lot of myths around root canals, and the inaccurate information about root canal therapy prevents patients from making an informed decision regarding their teeth.

Why would I need a root canal?

At the core of your tooth lies the nerve, also known as the pulp.  This is where blood and nutrients needed by a healthy tooth circulate.   If the pulp is damaged for any reason (example: deep cavity, fracture, occlusal trauma like grinding and clenching, etc.) it becomes susceptible to infection.  Such infection can be dangerous and result in severe pain, facial swelling, bone damage and even tooth loss.

To save the tooth and avoid the problems associated with damaged pulp, Root Canal Therapy is often an option.  It consists of removing the pulp, cleaning the canal systems inside your tooth and filling it up with a biocompatible material that will prevent the re-entry of bacteria inside the tooth. 

When possible, saving the tooth as opposed to removing it, allows you to avoid more costly procedures such as an implant or denture.

If you have any questions relating to the process involved in root canal treatments, we welcome you to call or visit us at Milltown Dental to discuss any of your concerns, and hopefully make you feel more at ease with the procedure.