The dental pulp in your teeth can become diseased and inflamed, causing deep seated throbbing. This type of damage may be so sufficiently advanced that the pulp tissue cannot be treated or made to recover. This irreversible problem requires the removal of the dental pulp, otherwise known as a “root canal” procedure (Endodontics). At Inspire Dental Group in Langley, we are trained in advanced endodontic techniques and latest materials. The majority of endodontic procedures are done in a single appointment to ensure the patient’s comfort. Feeling nervous about the procedure? State-of-the art local anaesthesia (freezing) techniques are always used in conjunction with relaxants to minimize stress and anxiety.
What is a root canal?
Your teeth may be hard on the outside, but on the inside they are quite soft and contain a pulp chamber. Inside the pulp chamber is a nerve that can become infected or inflamed, causing a toothache. If this happens, a root canal procedure is required. A root canal removes the infected or inflamed nerve and re-fills the pulp chamber with a sealing material. This procedure prevents the spread of infection and protects it from future re-infection. If such case is left untreated, the tissue around the infected tooth could become infected or abscessed, which may lead to a removal of the tooth. A root canal procedure is used to prevent the spread of infection and to save teeth which may otherwise need to be removed.
What can I expect from the procedure?
- An opening is made into the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The pulp and the canals are cleaned, and a medication is placed in the canal to fight the infection. A temporary seal is placed over the opening .
- The canals are cleaned, shaped, and filled with a rubber like material to seal them.
- After a root canal is done and settled down, a crown is placed over the tooth to avoid fracturing by eating or chewing.
Signs you may need a root canal:
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tenderness to touch and chewing
- Discoloration of the tooth
How long will the procedure take?
Most root canal treatments can be done in one session. However, more severe infections may need more than one appointment. Each session lasts about 1-2 hours.
Is it painful?
Although root canals have a bad reputation, modern techniques and anesthetics have come a long way to make the procedure as painless as possible. Most patients say that they feel comfortable during a root canal procedure.
What kind of post-treatment care is required after the procedure?
It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal procedure. You may experience sensitivity for the first several days after the procedure. Normal brushing and flossing routines can be continued immediately after the treatment.
If you’re experiencing pain and would like our help, please Contact Us to book an appointment or to get more details.