The Root Canal Treatment Explained – Waterloo Smiles
Root canal treatments are a very common procedure performed by dentists in order to save a tooth that’s become badly damaged or infected. In the past, you might’ve heard that having this treatment is quite painful; however, this is often NOT the case, and in fact, most patients today experience little or no pain from a root canal treatment.
Here’s what you need to know about root canal treatment at Waterloo Smiles:
When is a root canal treatment needed?
Each tooth has space inside its hard layers that’s called the root canal system. Within this system, a softcore of dental pulp that’s made up of nerves and blood vessels helps your tooth develop and stay healthy.
If bacteria from your tooth enter the dental pulp through a crack or cavity, it can cause an infection. Left untreated, this infection can cause the pulp to die and can result in the loss of the tooth.
What are some signs and symptoms that you may need root canal treatment in Waterloo?
You may not experience symptoms if you have an infected tooth. That’s one reason why regular dental visits are important since your dentist can help diagnose problems when they’re easier to treat.
Or you may experience any of the following:
- Toothache or pain, especially when you’re chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening of the tooth
- Tender or swollen gums near the tooth
- A pimple on your gum
- Swollen gums
- Swelling around your face or neck
What’s involved in a root canal procedure?
During a root canal procedure, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to help control the pain. The decay is removed, and an opening is made through the crown of your tooth to allow your dentist to access the pulp. The diseased or infected pulp is removed using small instruments, and your dentist then fills and seals your root canal. The opening of the tooth is sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling, and if necessary, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling to help protect it from future damage.
The sooner a dental issue is diagnosed, the greater the chances of successful treatment. Don’t hesitate to book a no obligation appointment today with Waterloo Smiles Dentistry. We provide routine checkups and cleanings as well as complex cosmetic and restorative dentistry for patients of all ages and are happy to help you maintain your good oral health and your best smile.