When your tooth nerve gets infected, there are only two options, an extraction or a root canal. Depending on how bad the infection is, opting to undergo a root canal can save your tooth and prevent the need for a false tooth replacement. Fort York Dentist has put together a list of a few things you should know about root canals.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal or an endodontic treatment is a procedure that removes the pulp, or nerve from your tooth. This is done when the pulp is infected, damaged or already dead. There are many ways your tooth pulp can become damaged, most often it’s due to the bacteria that enters your tooth through cracks, or cavities. In some cases, trauma can also damage the pulp of your tooth.
Who Performs the Procedure?
A general dentist, or endodontist typically will perform the root canal procedure.
How Is a Root Canal Done?
I a tooth needs root canal treatment, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic. Then infected tissue will be cleaned out from the canals. During the procedure the canals will be shaped, and then filled with natural rubber like material called gutta percha.
How Is a Tooth Restored After Treatment?
Once your root canal is complete, your dentist will fill the hole by temporary or permanent filling.
How We Can Help
Fort York Dentist is always here to help you with any dental related needs you may have. If you think you are in need of a root canal, then please get in touch with our office at (647) 346-8888 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists.