Root Canal Therapy in Richmond Hill & Thornhill
What is a root canal?
When the nerve in a tooth dies, the infected tissue must be removed by either extracting the tooth or performing a root canal therapy (RCT).
Removing the infection from the tooth and filling the canal where the nerve was removed is called a root canal (also known as endodontic treatment)
How did my tooth become infected?
Your tooth can become infected as a result of a severe decay or a broken tooth. Both of these can cause your dental pulp to become exposed to oral bacteria which can lead to an infection.
Without intervention, the infection can spread from the root's tip to the jawbone and cause an abscess, damaging the surrounding bone tissues. As a result, this can lead to extreme swelling, pain, and even possible death for the tooth.
(Image: Decay passing through the enamel and dentin layer and infecting the nerve)
Depending on your symptoms, you may or may not be aware that you have an infected tooth. Common symptoms include increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, pain, and a foul taste in your mouth. However, it’s not uncommon for some people to experience no symptoms, even if their tooth is infected.
(Cleaning of the canals) (Completed filling of the canals)
After Root Canal Therapy
Teeth that require root canals become more easily fractured and usually have significant missing tooth structure after decay removal. For teeth in the back of the mouth, a crown (or a cap) is necessary to protect the tooth following a root canal.
Following your root canal, your uncomfortable symptoms should be relieved. This includes reduced tooth sensitivity and pain. However, it’s not uncommon for you to feel some soreness (such as while chewing) for a few days following surgery. This is because the tooth’s socket needs time to heal. The soreness should go away within a few days.
(Image: Root Canalled tooth fitted with a crown to prevent tooth fracture)