Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment, North Vancouver

When your tooth is damaged due to trauma or large cavities it sometimes needs a deeper internal root filling called a root canal. Root canals are safe. There are thousands of studies in humans and animals that show root canal fillings are a long lasting safe method to save teeth.

Third Street Dental is dedicated to making your root canal procedure smooth from consultation to surgery. Our dentists take special care to ensure you are comfortable and well informed during each step of your root canal treatment. This means you can sit back and relax while our professional team helps you build a beautiful smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is a root canal procedure needed?

    A root canal procedure (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood and nerve supply of a tooth (known as the pulp) is damaged due to decay or injury.

  • Why is a root canal treatment needed?

    If the pulp becomes damaged, it can die and cause infection. This infection may spread through the tooth into the surrounding gum tissue, which results in an abscess (gum boil). If root canal treatment is not done this infection can spread to your body. Furthermore, the tooth will eventually need to be taken out.

  • I heard that root canals are extremely painful, is this true?

    That may have been the case decades ago, but with modern technology and anesthetics, you won’t experience any more pain than if you went to have a cavity filled. Sometimes a person leaves a “bad tooth” too long and additional medicine is required to reduce the infection to a state that we can comfortably complete your procedure. Overall, our dentists are experts in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably in our office.

  • What is involved in the root canal procedure?

    First you are given dental freezing to make sure the area is completely numb. A rubber dam is placed to isolate the tooth. Decay and infection are removed from the canals by mini brushes and medicinal solutions. Once the canal is cleaned it is filled with a sterile substance to prevent any further infection. The tooth is monitored and once all signs and symptoms are gone the tooth can be restored with a permanent restoration such as a crown.

  • Are there alternatives to root canals?

    The alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is damaged, it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Extraction is an option however when a tooth is removed you get bone loss and possible drifting of adjacent teeth. It is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

  • What is the aftercare like?

    Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with fluoridated toothpaste. Floss once a day and see your dentist for regular check-ups every six to nine months.

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