Why root canal treatment may be needed to save a natural tooth
Root canal therapy is a routine dental service that saves a tooth that has been severely damaged or is infected. This procedure involves the dentist removing the infected or damaged tissue from inside the tooth and then sealing the tooth to prevent additional damage or infection. Our dentists can perform root canal therapy at Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, Ontario.
What are the most common signs or symptoms of a damaged or infected tooth?
The most common symptom of a damaged or infected tooth is pain. This discomfort may range anywhere from mild to severe, and it may come and go. Other symptoms may include sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures, swelling, and tenderness in the gums.
What causes a damaged or infected tooth?
There are several issues that can cause a tooth to become damaged or infected, including:
- Large filling
If the damage or infection is not treated, it can spread to the tooth’s root and lead to an abscess.
How is root canal therapy performed?
Root canal therapy is typically performed in one or two visits to the dental team at Harvest Hills Dental Care. During the first appointment, our dentists will clean out the damaged or infected tissue from inside the tooth. Then, they will seal the tooth to prevent further damage or infection. In some cases, a temporary filling will be placed in the tooth. During the second visit to the dentist, they will place a permanent filling in the tooth.
What should I expect after my root canal treatment?
Following root canal therapy, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days. You may also experience some discomfort when chewing. These symptoms should resolve within a week or two. It is also essential that you take proper care of your tooth after this procedure with brushing, flossing, and regular six-month visits to the dentist.
Are there alternative treatments?
Root canal services are the last resort in saving a natural tooth from permanent extraction. Our team will perform this service to avoid removing and replacing a tooth, as it is best to maintain the natural teeth in the smile whenever possible.
Call today to learn more about root canal treatment
If you need root canal services, call our dental team in East Gwillimbury, ON, to discuss treatment. You can reach us by calling (365) 659-1008 to request an appointment at 181 Green Lane East, Suite #2.
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