When a tooth is so severely damaged, by means of significant decay or injury/infection, a root canal procedure can often save the tooth from ultimate extraction.
A root canal treatment, or endodontic procedure, involves cleaning out the tooth's infected or deceased pulp chamber and replacing it with a filling material known as gutta percha. Essentially, it's like a dental filling for the inner roots of your tooth. If a root canal treatment is not performed on an infected tooth, this infection can affect the surrounding tissues and bone. This is why it is so important to seek treatment for a problematic tooth sooner than later.
During a typical root canal treatment, the tooth will first be isolated using a rubber dam so that the tooth can be protected from bacteria and moisture. Next, the dentist or endodontist will administer a local anesthetic to ensure a pain-free procedure. Then, he or she will make a small access into the tooth's surface in order to reach the pulp of the tooth. The canals will be cleaned out, prepared and filled, and finally, a filling material or dental crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it from future damage. There are many different kinds of dental crowns made from different materials. Our Bowmanville dentist is always pleased to discuss options with the patient when it comes to choosing the right crown for their treated tooth.
Root canal procedures have very high success rates, and a patient can often keep their treated tooth for years to come with the right daily care.