Our Ottawa dentists perform root canals at Bearbrook Dental Centre to save a damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal treatment, your dentist removes diseased nerves, blood vessels and other tissues from the inside of your damaged tooth. Without a root canal, decayed or damaged teeth will die and need to be pulled.
To start, your dentist will remove diseased tissue from the tooth before cleaning and disinfecting the inner chamber. The interior of your tooth will then be filled with medicated material to prevent infection. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will typically be capped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal procedure helps alleviate your symptoms, preserve your natural tooth, and limit the need for more extensive dental work in years to come.
By eliminating bacteria and decay from the interior of your tooth, your dentist can help stop infection from spreading and restore the healthy part of your tooth.
Most patients who have had root canals experience little pain or discomfort. They also enjoy a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had a root canal procedure can last a lifetime with good care.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, contact us. Our dental team can diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums