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Relieve the Pain in Your Tooth with a Root Canal in Langley 

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.

The Risks of Losing Your Teeth: Why You May Need a Root Canal

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.

  • The quicker a decayed tooth is repaired, the smaller the chance you will develop a dangerous infection.
  • Root canal treatment has a high success rate and preserves the healthy part of your tooth.
  • The procedure to remove the diseased pulp, fill the cavity, and create a crown to prevent further tooth damage is usually completed in a single visit.
  • Treatment requires some anesthesia such as a jelly-like solution that numbs the injection site and a local anesthetic injection to numb the gums, tongue and lips. In some cases, sedation can relax the patient and provides a more comfortable experience.

What to Expect After a Root Canal Procedure in Langley

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:

  • A temporary crown protects your new filling until a permanent crown can be fabricated.
  • People who have compromised immune systems could have difficulty fighting off bacteria that might enter the bloodstream during the therapy.
  • Taking antibiotics before and after a root canal can prevent collateral bacterial infection in other parts of the body.
  • Your tooth will be brittle once a root canal is performed, so your dentist installs a cap with a crown to strengthen the tooth.

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 Therapy for Solving Dental Issues

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.

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 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.

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