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Root canal treatments don’t cause pain; they eliminate pain. If you have a persistent toothache or notice increased sensitivities to hot and cold foods and drinks, schedule an appointment today.

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“Root canal.” It’s a term that often drives fear into patients’ imagination. But, with modern anesthesia and the latest surgical techniques, you will find undergoing root canal therapy comes with the same amount of discomfort as a regular dental filling. So, if you have been informed that an infected or damaged tooth will require root canal therapy, there is nothing to worry about.

Have a question about treating a root canal in Brampton? Call Polaris Dental and schedule a consultation today!

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a multi-stage treatment plan with the intended goal of eliminating infected pulp tissue in order to save the tooth. Once the infected tissue is removed, the tooth is then filled and sealed to protect it against further bacterial infections.

Most root canal treatment procedures take less than an hour to complete. Although, more complex root canal treatments can take around 90 minutes. If a dental crown is necessary, you will likely receive a temporary crown following the procedure and then a final restorative crown during a follow-up visit.

When are Root Canal Treatments Necessary?

Unlike other areas of the body, infections in the inner part of the tooth (such as the pulp chamber and canals) rarely resolve on their own. Some patients that avoid treatment mistakenly believe that since the pain subsides the infection has gone away. But, what really happens in these cases is the pulp of the tooth has become necrotic and the nerves inside the tooth have died. (But, the infection will continue.) When an infection reaches the pulp (soft tissue) of the tooth, root canal therapy will likely be the only option to eliminate the infection and save the tooth.

If your dentist recommends root canal therapy, here are several reasons you should elect for this type of treatment:

  • Stop the pain. Pulpitis is a painful inflammatory response caused by an infection of the inner tooth. The first symptom of infection is sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. When the infection progresses to irreversible pulpitis, the pain becomes more persistent.
  • Save the tooth. Without intervention, the periodontal ligaments and cementum holding the tooth in its socket will likely succumb to disease, ultimately resulting in the loss of the tooth.
  • Stop the infection. When pulpitis is left untreated, the infection can spread to the jawbone and soft tissues, and possibly form a periapical abscess.

Pulpitis is a serious infection that will not go away on its own. if you suspect that you have a tooth infection, seek treatment as soon as possible – call us today to get started. 

Signs You May Have a Tooth Infection

While the best way to determine whether you have a tooth infection is to schedule an appointment with your dentist, here are some other signs and symptoms that an infection is present:

  • Heightened sensitivities. When pulpitis first appears, the first symptom is usually heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. This usually begins as a sharp pain that quickly dissipates. When pulpitis becomes irreversible, the pain will become more persistent, often appearing without any apparent stimuli.
  • Face or neck swelling. Pulpitis can trigger inflammatory response elsewhere in the body. You may notice swelling around the lymph nodes, face, cheek, jaws, and/or neck.

How it Works: Root Canal Therapy

Most root canal treatments require one of two appointments. Before the procedure the tooth will receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and ensure you are comfortable for the duration of the procedure.

During a root canal treatment, a small pilot hole is drilled into the biting surface of the tooth. Next, dental files of various widths are used to extract the pulp and nerves of the tooth.

Once the infected tissue is removed, the pulp chamber and canals go through a sterilization process. The tooth is then filled with a natural material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed to prevent further bacterial intrusion. Depending on what tooth receives root canal therapy and how healthy it is, a dental crown may be recommended. If a crown is ordered, you will leave with a temporary crown and return once your final restoration is ready.

Reversible vs. Irreversible Pulpitis

When pulpitis is in its earliest stages, it is known as reversible pulpitis. Reversible pulpitis can be treated by accessing the pulp chamber, applying an antibacterial medicament, then filling and sealing the tooth.

Irreversible pulpitis is the term used when the infection and inflammation become so severe that the pulp of the tooth must be removed. The most common treatment for irreversible pulpitis is root canal therapy.

It’s worth noting that if the pain appears to go away, it’s much more likely that the pulp has turned necrotic, killing the nerves, instead of the infection resolving on its own.   

What if I Have the Tooth Pulled?

Pulling the affected tooth will likely remove the infection. But, this can lead to additional complications. If the tooth is not replaced with either a dental implant or bridge, the neighboring teeth will attempt to fill the void, causing issues with drifting and possibly additional tooth loss.

Have Tooth Pain? Let’s Talk.

Are you concerned that recent tooth pain may indicate that a root canal treatment may be necessary? Schedule a consultation with the team at Polaris Dental in Brampton – don’t wait, call us today!

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