Root Canal Therapy

A painless method for saving a tooth.
When bacteria enter the most centre part of the tooth (dental pulp or nerve chamber) caused by deep decay root canal therapy becomes necessary. Without root canal therapy the bacteria and decay can cause serious infection resulting in symptoms not only in the mouth but also the neck, cheeks or head
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Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Signs & Symptoms That You May Need a Root Canal and the Pain-Free Method of Treatment

Bacteria can get inside your tooth from tooth decay, a chipped or damaged tooth or filling, or gum infections which extend all the way to the root in a tooth. If the root of your tooth has become infected by bacteria you may experience spontaneous sharp or piercing pain or throbbing (especially when lying down), pain when biting or chewing, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, persistent bad breath and discolouration from tooth decay. The pain associated with a root canal is caused by a build-up of pressure within the tooth. This pain can be controlled through the use of antibiotics before your treatment. Combining this method with current techniques and anesthetics means modern root canal therapy can be completely painless.  

Frequently Asked Questions

About Root Canal Therapy

What is a Root Canal?

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.

Do I need a root canal?

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.

How can your treatment be painless?

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.

Why can’t I just take Antibiotics?

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.

Why can’t I just pull the whole tooth out?

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.

What happens to the tooth after a root canal?

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.

Is there anything else besides a root canal that can be done?

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.

How much does Root Canal Therapy Cost?

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

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I had full implants done at Vitality Dentistry by Dr. Singh and his team. Dr. Singh uses all up to date technology.  I had the all on 4 teeth in one day done. He uses computer guides, that allow him to know exactly where the implants are placed also using this reduced pain, & healing time, virtually no down time. Dr Singh is the go to for implants, he is very experienced and meticulous. Its one stop shop everything is done onsite, no sending it into a lab, even the bridges.  I recommend if you are looking to get implants or just general dentistry look no further.  The staffs are awesome very caring and provided exceptional services. Vitality Dentistry is the go to.  An enormous thank you to all!!


Dr. Singh is the best dentist I have ever had.  He is professional and thorough and fully equipped with the latest cutting edge dental care technology.  He makes sure that you understand all of your options.  Great friendly staff as well.  No one likes to visit a dentist - but we all have to from time to time.  When that time comes - visit Raj and his team.  They will look after you.

Staff is amazing and they take the time to plan out the best care for you. Their technology is impressive and makes you feel like you really are getting the best care out there. Dr. Raj is amazing and really knows and understands the best treatments for you. He has also selected an amazing team that you feel just as safe in anyone’s hands. Angie is also so helpful and knowledgeable as your treatment coordinator and makes sure you have all of the information you need to make informed decisions. Couldn’t be happier with my experience there.

If you haven't been to Vitality Dentistry - GO!
I had my dentist for years and then one day tried Vitality.  Best thing I ever did.  All the staff are friendly and helpful.  The hygienist are all great, they customize your appointments, they give you options, if there is something you are not comfortable with they will change their approach. I used to take the little tablets to calm you before each cleaning at my old dentist, not anymore.  I just go in.  Lately I have been using Helen and she is fabulous...ok, she is a perfectionist so maybe a little more prodding but your teeth come out sparkling.  Thanks to everyone at Vitality for making my dentist trips relaxing and pain free.

The Best Place I have ever visited for my dental care throughout the GTA.
Top of the line latest technology equipment which allows to have the most precise, painless and the most comfortable procedure possible.
I am 'speechless' for the care I was given by the doctor, the staff and and the Coordinator-Heavenly and Blissful.

Absolutely amazing service, I have been a customer for over 30 years and my kids have been seeing Dr Raj since they were babies. Now my kids are 19 years and 21 years old and still seeing him. Thank you for making their experience a good one.. The "Dentist" is not a bad word in our home.

I will say definitively that no one ever likes to go see the dentist, but this place gets everything absolutely right.  They've got the friendliest staff that's always very helpful and professional.  Everything is always explained in detail and you can genuinely see that they care about you as a patient.  Best dentist I've ever been to!

This place is awesome. All the best staff work here. Dr. Singh is like a giant teddy bear. Very nice and gentle and I should know with all the work he has done in my mouth. He is always keeping up with the new technology and techniques and they make it easy to come back.
If you are looking for a new dentist you have to check this place out.

I was happy with my experience this morning.  My technician was gentle with the cleaning and thorough.  She was knowledgeable and gave good suggestions for my dental health.  Dentistry at Vitality Health are up with the new technology and techniques.  I have always been confident and happy with any work I have had done here.

Been a patient for  3 years.   Have always had a great experience.  Been with Karen last few visits.  She is very professional.  I feel very confident as she is very thorough.  I look forward to my visits as I know I'm in good hands.

Painless Root Canal Therapy. Your Mouth Will Thank You.

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