In the last century, amazing advances have been made in restorative dentistry. However, scientists and researchers have yet to find a replacement method that is better than natural teeth. Root canal treatment allows you to keep a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. You can count on a gentle procedure at Scott and Derry Dental Care in Milton, ON.
Understanding root canal therapy
The crown is the part of a tooth that shows. Beneath the gumline is a root that anchors the tooth in the jawbone. At the center of the tooth is a hollow, filled with blood vessels. A nerve runs through a channel, called a canal, into the root of the tooth. The nerve allows you to feel bite pressure and temperature, to avoid damaging dentition. However, since the mouth works as a cohesive unit, there is no harm in eliminating the nerve from one tooth. That is what root canal therapy does.
Properly Done Root Canals has a Success Rate of 95% or GreaterVideo Transcript
Top priority is getting you out of discomfort. Once your mouth is thoroughly numbed, the tooth is opened. This relieves pressure from infection at the pulp chamber. Areas of decay or damage are removed from hard structures. Then the dentist uses endodontic instruments to take vascular tissues and the nerve out. The hollow and root canal are thoroughly sanitized. The tooth is sealed with a bio-inert material, then protected with a strong porcelain crown that looks completely natural.
While you may have heard exaggerated tales about root canal treatment, from the patient’s side of the chair, it is about like getting a filling. Most importantly, it removes the source of pain (the inflamed nerve), and lets you keep your own tooth.
Endodontic treatment is typically more economical than extraction and a dental implant. Though the tooth no longer has blood flow, it remains fused with the jawbone, thus fully functional and helping to preserve facial bone.
Reasons for root canal treatment in Milton, ON
Why might you need root canal therapy? Inflammation and infection at the pulp chamber generally result from:
- Untreated tooth decay.
- Trauma – a chip or fracture that allows bacteria to invade.
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth.
- Latent injury that may not be visible. Pulp damage can develop years after a fall or blow to the face.
- Bruxism. Nighttime clenching and grinding can damage crowns, roots, and nerves.
- Cracked tooth syndrome. Fractures, usually in molars, that are so small they may not show up in x-rays.