Root Canal Therapy
Central Oakville Dental Care is a premier dental clinic in Oakville which offers both routine and emergency dental services including root canal therapy. Our professional dental team works with patients with a variety of dental needs and will work to make your procedure as comfortable as possible.
An infected tooth can not only be incredibly painful, but it can also threaten your overall health if the infection is given a chance to spread. Root canal therapy is a common procedure which is effective in removing the infection and stopping the pain.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy (sometimes called Root Filling) is a procedure in which the pulp in the root of the tooth is removed, and the resultant space is carefully shaped, thoroughly disinfected and filled with a putty-like substance. When tooth decay or trauma is deep enough to reach the tooth pulp, a root canal is required to save the tooth. After performing root canal therapy, your dentist will either put in a crown or a filling depending on your specific needs.
Why might your dentist recommend root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a common procedure in Oakville. Your dentist may recommend this for you if the pulp inside the tooth is infected or inflamed. This can happen for the following reasons:
Deep decay inside the tooth.
When there have been multiple dental procedures done on the same tooth
When the tooth has become extensively cracked or chipped
When there has been trauma or injury to the tooth that results in infection
Common myths about root canal therapy
Myth: root canal therapy is painful root canal therapy does not cause much (if any) more discomfort than getting a filling. When you get root canal therapy, your dentist will numb the affected tooth – you may feel pressure but the procedure itself shouldn’t be painful. If you have a painful infection, root canal therapy will relieve the pain.
Myth: root canal therapy can make you sick – this theory was based on century-old poorly designed research, and it has long been debunked. Root canal therapy is designed to eliminate bacteria from the affected tooth, and it prevents reinfection.
Myth: tooth extraction is a good alternative to getting a root canal treatment – while extraction is sometimes necessary for dentistry, it is always a last resort. Root canal therapy can help save your tooth.
Root canal therapy recovery
Recovery from root canal therapy will vary from person to person, but generally any soreness or swelling from the procedure should subside within a few days. If you are concerned about recovery time, speak with your dentist as they can prescribe some pain medication for you and provide you with care directions following your procedure. (Such as ensuring you get plenty of rest and choosing softer foods for a couple of days). Ensure that you maintain a regular regime of brushing and flossing.
Contact us today
At Central Oakville Dental Care, we will help to make your root canal procedure as comfortable as possible. Call us today at 905-337-2888, if you have any dental concerns.