What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed on patients, and well over 14 million root canal treatments are done in North America every single year. Root Canal treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of every tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth and allows for stimulation of the nervous system when you eat or touch your teeth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, and chips, or repeated dental procedures that can weaken the outer layers of your teeth over time. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury to the mouth, swelling of the gums near the infected tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or severe pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms of root canal, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp in your teeth. The pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Endodontics therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits to the dentist depending on the treatment required and the severity.
Modern root canal therapy has evolved far past older dental procedures used in the past. At Yonge & St. Clair Dental Smile Centre, with our state-of-the-art equipment and commitment to modern therapies, we offer painless and successful root canal treatments to preserve your teeth and any teeth that would have been lost due to pulp infection. Contact us to schedule your consultation 416-299-8188.