Your tooth connects to blood vessels and nerves through small channels called root canals.
If this connective tissue, or dental pulp, becomes infected due to bacteria from a decayed or cracked tooth seeping into the pulp, you may need a root canal. Without a root canal, the infection can spread to the gums and causing potentially more serious problems.
The dentist must clean out the infected pulp, disinfect the area, then replace using a filling or dental crown, depending on the extent of damage to your natural tooth. At Parklands Dental Practice, we use cutting-edge technology like the CJ-Optik microscope to magnify the small root canal space and ensure full disinfection to improve success rates. We also make your crown in-house, which means a more life-like restoration can be provided.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If the dental pulp becomes infected, you may experience one or more of symptoms like these:
Persistent discomfort along the side of your jaw
Earaches, headaches, or neck pain
Sudden sensitivity to hot or hot liquids or foods
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call us immediately for an appointment.
Your dentist must first take a digital x-ray to determine if the infection has spread to neighbouring teeth or gums. This provides your dentist with information to determine the best treatment plan for an infected tooth. At your next appointment, your dentist will perform the root canal procedure.
The application of a local anaesthetic can help you remain comfortable while your dentist works on your tooth. Next, the dentist will clean out the infected area and apply antibacterial irrigation. Then the pulp chamber is shaped, filled, and sealed.
Your dentist will use a filling or dental crown to restore full functionality of your tooth. Depending on the complexity of your root canal, this may be completed at a subsequent appointment.
How will I feel after the treatment?
The affected area, tooth, and gum may be a bit sensitive to the touch for a day or two. Over-the-counter medication can help manage these symptoms.