Root Canals in Maple
Dr. Forman is an experienced dentist in Maple, Ontario. Dr. Forman offers restorative dentistry services including root canal treatments, root fillings, bridges, crowns, dentures and fillings. Dr. Forman and his team are committed to excellence and ensuring you have the best dental care possible.
What Is A Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is used to eliminate infected or dead pulp from your tooth. Root canal treatment actually saves your tooth instead of having to get rid of it. By allowing your tooth to stay in its place your other teeth will remain aligned. Keeping your natural tooth also means you do not have to replace it with an artificial tooth. As long as the tooth is restored properly the tooth will function normally and last just as long as any other natural tooth.
The term “root canal” is used to explain the cavity that is located in the middle of the tooth. In the root canal there is a soft spot where the pulp is located. The nerve of the tooth is also in the root canal.
Why Would I Need A Root Canal Procedure Done?
You will need a root canal procedure done if your tooth has infected pulp. This can be determined through a dental x-ray or from monitoring changes that the tooth has gone through. If gone untreated an infection in the root canal can lead to swelling, bone loss, and drainage issues. We use several tests to confirm your symptoms and to make a diagnosis that you need root canal treatment.
What Are Some Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection?
There are many symptoms you may experience if you have pulp damage in your tooth. You may notice the following:
Is The Procedure Painful?
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks
- Gum swelling
- Changing colour of the tooth
- Tooth ache
- Recurring pimple on the gums
The purpose of a root canal treatment is to eliminate pain, not create it! With modern advances in technology and anaesthetic root canal treatments are comparable to having a routine filling done. Discomfort is minimal with pain medication and usually lasts for no more than 2 days. Following the procedure, the tooth may feel bruised when pressure is applied with a finger.
How Is It Done?
The dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything. The dentist will section off the tooth being treated with a rubber dam to ensure your tooth is not exposed to any bacteria from your saliva during the procedure. The dentist will then make a small hole in the tooth to locate the harmed pulp. Using dentistry tools your dentist will then remove the pulp by cleansing the root canal system. Small files are used to clean out the nerve tissue and then the tooth is dried and filled. A final x-ray is taken to ensure the procedure was completed successfully. Finally, the access opening is filled in to complete the procedure.
Typically a separate appointment is made if the tooth needs to be restored with a crown. This allows the tooth time to settle. If necessary a post may be placed in the root to anchor the crown in place. This is only necessary when there is insufficient tooth structure remaining to hold the crown in place.
Are Root Canals Successful?
Studies have demonstrated that root canals are very successful. In a 10 year period, less than 10 percent become re-infected and need another treatment. Often it is the restoration of the tooth afterwards that is more critical. On back teeth, it is vital to have a crown placed after a root canal procedure to prevent the tooth from breaking. On the other hand, if the tooth’s structure is compromised before the root canal is completed there is very little chance for long term success. Every effort will be made to ensure a tooth can be adequately restored before root canal treatment is recommended. In some cases it may be necessary to extract a tooth instead.