Posts for tag: root canal

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalSevere toothaches and constant mouth pain or pressure can be signs you need a root canal. Root canals can save severely damaged or infected teeth from extraction. The root canal procedure strengthens and restores problem teeth so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions without pain or sensitivity. At Newmarket Dentistry, your family dentistry practice in Newmarket, ON, Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok restores damaged and infected teeth with root canal therapy.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment for repairing teeth that have been severely damaged by infection or injury. In some cases, teeth with severe damage must be extracted. In many cases, though, root canal therapy can be used to strengthen and restore teeth so extraction is not necessary. Root canal therapy is needed when the soft pulp material in the center of a tooth and root is infected. The infection can even lead to the formation of an abscess below the tooth root. A root canal might be needed if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Constant mouth pain or pressure
  • Sharp pain when chewing or biting food
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages

During a root canal procedure, the infected pulp in the center of the tooth and root is completely removed. Then, the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned inside to ensure all signs of infection and debris have been cleared away. Finally, dental filling is added to the interior of the tooth and root. The dental filling strengthens and restores the tooth, while also preventing additional infection from developing in the area again. A dental crown may also be needed to protect the tooth. Your Newmarket dentist for family dentistry can determine if your tooth needs root canal therapy.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

There are multiple benefits to undergoing root canal therapy for teeth on the verge of extraction. Some of the many benefits of root canal therapy include:

  • Preventing extraction
  • Removing infected pulp
  • Preventing the spread of infection
  • Strengthening and restoring damaged or infected teeth
  • Alleviating tooth pain and sensitivity

Root canal therapy offers several benefits, from preventing extraction to restoring damaged teeth. If you have developed any of the symptoms associated with needing a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee-Shanok by calling Newmarket Dentistry at (905) 830-1010.

By Newmarket Dentistry
October 18, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   endodontics  

If you think you'd rather wrestle a pack of porcupines than go to the dentist for a root canal treatment — then maybe it's time to think again! This common procedure has been the butt of jokes for a long time. Let's set the record straight by answering some common questions about the much-maligned procedure.

Q: What is a root canal?

A: Coursing through the central part of each root is a hollow space or canal, which contains the pulp tissue. The pulp tissue contains the nerves which respond to temperature changes transmitted through the tooth. When the temperatures are extreme the nerves signal sensitivity and pain. It's also shorthand for the dental procedure that is performed when the pulp tissue that fills these canals develops a disease.

Q: Why do I need to get a root canal?

A: Because an infection or inflammation has developed deep inside one or more of your teeth. When the living pulp tissue — which contains nerves and blood vessels — becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause intense pain. It also releases bacterial toxins, which can lead to further problems.

Q: What happens if I don't get a root canal?

A: Your acute pain may temporarily go away, but the infection won't. It will eventually travel through the tooth's roots into the surrounding tissues. If left untreated, it may result in an abscess or even a systemic infection. That's why you need to take care of it now.

Q: Will it be painful?

A: Generally, a root canal procedure is no more painful than getting a filling. In fact, it starts the same way: An anesthetic is given to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Then a small hole is made through the tooth's chewing surface and down into the canal. Diseased pulp tissue is removed through the hole via a set of tiny instruments. Finally, the root canal is cleaned, disinfected, filled with inert biocompatible material and sealed up.

Q: What happens after that?

A: Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the treatment, but the acute pain will be gone. Over-the-counter pain relievers generally work well for pain relief at this point. To restore your tooth to its fully-functioning state, a crown or other restoration is usually needed after root canal treatment. Properly done, the restored tooth can last as long as any of your natural teeth.

Q: Is there an alternative?

A: Yes. You can relieve the pain by having the tooth removed. But you don't want to go there. Tooth loss can lead to unwanted side effects, like migration of teeth, bone loss and eventually the inability to chew properly. It's far better to save your natural teeth when you can.

If you would like more information about root canals, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”