Root Canal treatment

A root canal is something our dentists here will always offer you before they recommend a dental extraction. The aim of a root canal is to save your tooth from that alternative. We recommended this because generally a natural tooth that has been root canaled will still function better than an artificial tooth.

Our dentists will evaluate if this treatment is possible upon your first examination with us and make sure you are informed before commencing this treatment. The aim of a root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury.

What causes infection or inflammation of the pulp?

  • Breakdown of a filling or crown
  • A deep cavity
  • Trauma
  • Gum disease
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Extreme wear of the tooth
  • An extensive amount of dental work to that particular tooth.

Symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal:

  • Swelling near the tooth or jaw
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold or even to pressure
  • Facial pain
  • Tooth discolouration
  • A hole or white bump located on the gum area near the tooth in question

So what happens from here?

When determined from manual testing and x-rays in house from our dentists if root canal treatment is the procedure of choice. The treatment then involves our dentist using small cleaners to remove the infection and damaged tissue from your tooth. He/she will then place medicine in the tooth and seal it. This will help the body begin to heal.

Our dentists will recommend after this treatment that you proceed with a crown if possible to protect the tooth that has been treated to prevent further complications within the future for that tooth.