At Fraser Valley Dental Specialists in Abbotsford, our certified specialist in endodontics can help ensure your natural tooth is saved from infection and decay.
Endodontics is that part of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth and relates to the tooth's pulp, tissues, nerves and arterioles.
Root canal treatment is performed to help save the natural tooth from being permanently lost.
A root canal procedure usually takes between one and three visits to complete.
Once the teeth are thoroughly examined and damage to the pulp is diagnosed, root canal treatment begins with the administration of a local anesthetic.
A dental dam (protective sheet) will be placed to help the surgical area remain free of saliva during the procedure.
An opening will be created in the surface of the tooth and the pulp will be removed using small handheld instruments.
The space is then shaped, cleaned, and filled with gutta-percha (filling material). Cement will be applied on top to help seal off the root canal.
Usually, a temporary filling will be placed to restore functionality to the tooth prior to the placement of the permanent restoration.
During the final visit, a permanent restoration or crown will be placed.
A simple toothache does not always indicate that root canal treatment is needed. We advise our patients to pay close attention to damaged teeth that are accompanied with the following symptoms:
Root canal treatment is generally not painful. While there may be some discomfort, any pain is usually mitigated through the use of anesthesia.
Root canal treatment is necessary if your tooth is damaged and there is a high risk of the nerve becoming infected. In order to help save your natural tooth, this dental treatment is necessary. It is important to understand that tooth decay (i.e. cavities) can result in degradation of your dental structure, and you may lose your tooth if it is not treated promptly.
More often than not, our patients experience very little discomfort although there may be some minor tenderness for a short period of time. We often prescribe medications such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. After a root canal, you should be able to enjoy food and drinks without sensitivity or pain due to heat, cold, or pressure.