Preserve Your Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy
When oral bacteria invade the pulp of a tooth, it can lead to an infection or dental abscess. Root canal therapy at our Montreal, QC, dental practice can save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed and eliminate the need for a costly restoration, such as a dental crown or bridge. With decades of experience, our doctors are well-equipped to address a variety of dental needs. We strive to foster a friendly, laid-back, informative atmosphere where patients can feel like family.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Recommended?
Root canal therapy is necessary whenever the pulp chamber has been breached by bacteria. The treatment process involves removing the pulp – including the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues – inside the tooth. This effectively eliminates the source of infection and prevents it from spreading to other areas. When a tooth is infected or abscessed, root canal therapy is the only treatment that can save it from extraction.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection
How do you know if you need root canal therapy? The only way to obtain a diagnosis is to have a professional dental examination. However, here are some warning signs that could indicate that you require root canal treatment:
- Pain or discomfort when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- Swelling or inflammation in the gums around the affected tooth
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tooth discoloration
- A fistula – or pimple – on the gums near the affected tooth
Unfortunately, sometimes no symptoms are present. That is why routine dental examinations are so important. During an exam, the doctor can identify any potential problems before they worsen.
When a tooth is infected or abscessed, root canal therapy is the only treatment that can save it from extraction.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Root canal therapy may be performed in one or two office visits, depending on the particular needs of the patient. However, the general steps to this procedure include:
- Anesthesia: Before beginning root canal therapy, Dr. Casey will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the teeth and gums, keeping you comfortable during treatment. If desired, patients can also choose sedation dentistry to induce relaxation during the procedure.
- Access: Once you are comfortable, Dr. Casey will create a small access hole in the chewing surface of the tooth. This allows him to visualize the internal structures.
- Tissue Removal: The blood vessels, nerves, and infected tissues will be removed, and the internal surfaces of the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected.
- Placement of Gutta Percha: Next, Dr. Casey fills the canals with a rubbery material. In some cases, a support post is also inserted at this point.
- Sealing the Tooth: To prevent recontamination, the tooth is sealed.
- Restoring the Tooth: In many cases, a dental filling is all that is necessary to restore the tooth. However, there are instances when a dental crown is more effective, especially if the tooth requires additional strength or reinforcement.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There is a common misconception that root canal therapy is painful. In actuality, the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. In fact, since the source of infection is removed during root canal therapy, most patients find that their tooth feels better almost instantly following treatment.
The only alternative to root canal therapy is an extraction. While we certainly have plenty of options for replacing missing teeth, there is nothing better than the real thing. With prompt treatment, root canal therapy can effectively halt the deterioration of the tooth and surrounding jaw bone and save the tooth from extraction.
Learn More about Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing dental pain, swelling, or other signs of an infected tooth, root canal therapy could be the solution. To learn more, schedule an appointment at our practice. Contact the friendly team at Smile Montreal by calling (514) 937-6558 or sending us a message.