Root canals are a common form of endodontic therapy and occur as the result of advanced dental decay as the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. Sore gums, swelling, sensitivity to hot temperatures, constant pain (intensified when biting down), and cracked teeth are common indicators that you may require a root canal. Occasionally, inflamed tooth pulp can only be detected with a dental X-ray. Root canals effectively save the tooth in question to maintain your overall oral health. Teeth pain is not normal. If you’re experiencing noticeable discomfort in your mouth at any time for a prolonged period, book an appointment for a consultation with one of our dentists. We’ll find you a practical dental remedy.
Infected pulp is removed and the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and sealed. We place a crown (or other suitable option) on the tooth for protection and normal wear and tear. A root canal may take place over the course of a couple of visits with the treatments lasting anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes per session. With our available sedation options, you’ll hardly feel anything at all during the procedure. Any discomfort felt in the days following treatment can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.
But what happens if the pain returns? Unfortunately, for any number of reasons, even a treated tooth can be prone to further discomfort in the months and years ahead. Not all teeth will heal as expected. If you should encounter any problems following your root canal, contact Panorama Hills Dental Centre right away for possible retreatment. Retreatment involves the dentist having to reopen the tooth to remove the canal filling. An examination is then performed to find the source of the pain, which may be the result of a blocked canal. Depending on the extent of the problem, surgery may be required to seal the root properly. A new crown or another restorative measure will need to be added to regain the tooth’s full strength and functionality.
Although no one necessarily wants to have a root canal done, the procedure does offer many advantages:
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