A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year in North America.
This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
Symptoms of infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the gum around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums or no pain at all and only diagnosed by x-ray examination.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anaesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to root canal treatment or the chance of success is unfavourable, you will be informed at the time of consultation.
What happens after treatment?
It is normal to experience some discomfort including biting or chewing sensitivity after a root canal treatment. Typically, this subsides in a few weeks. Patients post root canal treatment should take medications as prescribed. Recommended pain medications should be started before the freezing wears off. Since the pulp has been removed temperature sensitivity should also subside.
After a root canal treatment, a tooth always becomes weaker and is more likely to fracture. To strengthen the tooth following root canal treatment it is almost always recommended to crown the tooth.