The term root canal also refers to the dental procedure that corrects decayed or damaged teeth. Our root canal procedure in Langley can save your teeth and restore your smile by removing damaged and diseased tissue, filling the cavity with permanent filler material and adding a protective crown to restore a tooth to its natural function and appearance.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but injuries, poor dental hygiene and bacteria buildup can cause teeth to decay and gums to become infected. In generations past, extraction of the damaged teeth was the only solution to severe decay, but a skilled root canal can treat decay, prevent infections and create a permanent repair.
Your gums will remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off, and you may experience some pain and discomfort. You can take over-the-counter pain medications or stronger prescription painkillers for a day or two.
Root canal therapy uses natural polymers and crown materials that match your natural tooth colour, so people will be unable to tell a restored tooth from a natural one.
Root Canal Therapy for Solving Dental Issues
Root canal treatment is a fairly simple technique. Often, the whole treatment is completed in 1-3 visits. It is often done to repair a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During the procedure, the nerve and the pulp of your tooth are removed and the insides are cleaned. Without treatment, the infection in your tooth may worsen and abscesses may form. Such abscesses, if left untreated, could cause severe pain and discomfort, and the infection could spread to the bone surrounding the damaged tooth.
A hard blow, an accident, or an unexpected punch could all lead to the loss of a tooth. In such instances, the living tissue in your tooth might be damaged, eventually resulting in tooth decay. Additionally, harmful bacteria could break the outer shell of your tooth and open a cavity. Root canal treatment can save your tooth and will prevent the situation from deteriorating further.
If you have an infected tooth, it is best to visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Root Canal and Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. A dental crown is used post root canal treatment, when your teeth are misshapen. Although a vast majority of dental crown additions are performed without the need of a root canal, if a nerve in the tooth is decayed, it might be necessary.
After a root canal treatment, to restore your tooth to its natural condition, dentists recommend crowns, bridges, or dentures. The procedure is a simple one. Local anesthesia is used to numb your tooth and then, the dentist will work on preparing the crown by taking impressions to create a model crown.
If a crown is already present and the situation calls for a root canal treatment, the dentist will test the tooth to see how bad the damage is. Only if necessary, the dentist will gain access through the crown to take out the diseased pulp. If you have damaged teeth, come to us today.