Milton dentist answers common questions about Root Canal Therapy
With good home hygiene and regular dental visits, you can avoid many dental health problems. However, life happens, and sometimes a tooth becomes severely compromised due to factors that are beyond your control. When this happens, root canal therapy may be the only way to save a tooth that would need to be removed otherwise. Dr. Jameela Jifri, a dentist in Milton, Ontario, performs root canal treatment with a gentle touch so you can get out of pain and back to your everyday life.
Why would a root canal be needed?
There are many reasons why root canal therapy might be recommended to save your tooth, such as:
- Tooth decay that has progressed into the interior portion of the tooth
- Chips, fractures, or other trauma to the tooth that have enabled bacteria to infiltrate
- Weakening of the tooth due to repeated dental procedures
- Injuries to the tooth that have caused internal damage
- Clenching and grinding that has damaged the tooth structure over time
What happens during root canal treatment?
During root canal therapy, the inner contents of a tooth are removed (including the pain-sensing nerves, pulp, decay, and bacteria). Then the tooth is filled with a specialized material called gutta-percha and topped with a crown to restore the tooth’s function.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Root canal treatment has a bad reputation for being painful, but in reality, it relieves pain! We use effective anesthetics that keep you comfortable during the procedure. Patients can typically manage the mild discomfort that may occur for a few days after treatment with over-the-counter medications.
Is it better to extract the tooth?
Simply put, there is nothing that functions or looks better than a natural tooth, despite the many great advances that have been made in dental restoration technologies. Root canal therapy preserves your natural tooth and takes less time and expense than having a tooth extracted and then replaced with a dental implant, bridge, or denture.
If you are suffering from a toothache, it is important to seek a diagnosis and treatment before the issue progresses. Call Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, Ontario at (855) 438-4999!
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