A root canal is a treatment for a tooth which has become infected inside. Under local anesthetic, the tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth to prevent the spread of infection. A small passage is made through the tooth to its soft core. Decayed dental pulp and the unhealthy nerve is removed. The space is cleaned, shaped, sterilized and filled. The tooth is sealed with a new filling. A crown is often recommended as the dead tooth may become brittle over time.
The pain felt by someone who needs a root canal is caused by pressure inside the tooth. Root canal therapy relieves that pressure and brings relief.
If you have an infection in the nerve chamber of your tooth, a root canal may be the best solution. A consultation with a dentist or endodontist which includes a personal examination of your teeth is the only way to tell for certain if you need a root canal. If you have pain in your teeth, the sooner you see a dentist the sooner you can find relief.
Root Canals have been given a bad rap in pop culture. While it’s true that once upon a time a trip to the dentist was a negative experience, modern dentistry and understanding has come a long way.
The pain from a root canal comes from swelling from the infection. The longer a patient waits to have their infection treated, the more pressure and swelling there is. This infection can be treated before a root canal with antibiotics. After a few days of antibiotic treatment, the swelling goes down and root canal therapy feels more like a regular filling. Modern dental techniques and local anesthetics reduce your discomfort even further. Your comfort is a priority.
After a root canal, patients typically report feeling relief from pain and discomfort that they have been coping with for weeks.
Antibiotics can’t cure an infection of the root chamber or reverse the decay of dental pulp, nerve and surrounding tissue. Antibiotics and pain killers will only ever provide temporary relief.
Pulling teeth is a last resort as a treatment for any dental problem. All teeth play an important role in eating, supporting surrounding teeth and stopping them from shifting, keeping your jaw comfortably aligned, speaking, and even smiling. Missing teeth can cause other dental problems and even jaw pain and headaches.
A root canal is far less invasive then a tooth extraction. Once the root canal therapy is over, your teeth will feel normal. A tooth extraction is permanent and will lead to more problems and possible complications.
After a root canal, the affected tooth is effectively dead. Without access to blood flow, the tooth will become brittle over time and may become discoloured. A tooth which has been infected for a long time before a root canal may even already be brittle and discoloured. For this reason, a crown is often recommended to cap the tooth and protect you from further discomfort.
The only way to find out what your options are is to book an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth and provide you recommendations and options based on your specific needs.
Vitality Dentistry uses the Ontario Dental Association fee guide to determine fair cost for dental treatment. The cost of your treatment will depend on the difficulty of your root canal therapy. We are happy to provide an accurate cost estimate with no hidden fees after your consultation. Root Canal Therapy may be partially or fully covered by your private health insurance. You may be able to submit an estimate