Root Canals

Root Canals in Scarborough, ON

Root Canal Scarborough

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems. A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem.  However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.  Root canal therapy is a remarkable endodontic treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?

Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that usually entails one to three visits to your dentist here at Parkway Dental in Scarborough, ON. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown. Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.

Is There an Alternative to a Root Canal?

A root canal is not an elective procedure. If our dental team has advised you to get one, it’s because we need to remove diseased tissue from inside the tooth to prevent the problem from getting worse. If you decide to ignore the problem or you don’t treat the issue right away, this can cause widespread damage to the tooth leaving it irreparable and needing an extraction. A root canal preserves the natural tooth structure and prevents the need for additional dental work such as extraction and placement of a false tooth.

If You Are In Need Of A Dental Crowns, Call Parkway Dental In Scarborough, ON At (416) 441-2565 Today To Schedule A Consultation!

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