Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) refers to the dental procedure that corrects a decayed or damaged tooth by removing infected pulp and capping the tooth with a crown. Our root canal procedure in Langley can save your teeth and restore your smile by removing the problem tissue, replacing the cavity with permament filler material, and adding a protective crown to restore the tooth to its natural function and appearance.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but injuries, bacteria buildup, and poor dental hygiene 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 skilled root canal treatment can stop decay, prevent infections and repair the tooth permanently.
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. A few other considerations for patients are:
Root canal therapy uses natural polymers and crown materials that match your tooth colour, so people will be unable to tell a restored tooth from a natural one.
Root canal treatment is a fairly simple technique. Diseased pulp or necrotic tissue is removed so there will be no pain or infection, and the pulp chamber and root canal is filled in one easy appointment. Without treatment, the infection in your tooth may worsen and abscesses may form. Abscesses can cause severe pain and discomfort, and can 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.
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 the treated tooth is misshapen. The vast majority of dental crown additions are performed without the need of a root canal, but if a nerve in the tooth is decayed, it might be necessary. A crown is recommended after a root canal because the nerve and the blood source of tooth is removed, rendering the tooth to be very brittle and prone to breakage.
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 youhave an infected tooth, it is best to see a dentist as soon as possible. Contact us today to book an appointment.