Root Canals Surrey, BC VW P

A root canal may be required to save a tooth when a cavity has grown too large and the nerve is involved. By the time the nerve is involved, the only options are to perform a root canal or remove the tooth. While the latest advances in tooth replacement are improved, we still try to save all teeth that we can. A root canal is typically a one visit appointment. The doctor gets the area comfortable and removes the infected nerve. The roots are still in place, but the nerve is removed from the tooth and a filling material is used to seal the roots. Our endodontist (root canal specialist) utilizes a microscope which allows her to see areas that are not visible to the naked eye. Most patients can resume normal activities the same day.

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Reasons to Have Root Canal Treatment

In most healthy teeth, the pulp that forms the center of each tooth is completely enclosed by the outer enamel, so there’s little opportunity for infection or inflammation to attack the pulp. When you develop tooth decay or a crack or chip in a tooth, however, bacteria can find their way into the pulp chamber. When this occurs, infection and inflammation develop and cause what we know as toothache, making a root canal procedure necessary to save the tooth.

  • If any of your teeth develop symptoms such as:
  • A red or grey discolouration,
  • Tenderness or swelling of the surrounding periodontal (gum) tissue,
  • A throbbing pain, or
  • Particular sensitivity to hot or cold substances,
    you might need root canal treatment. In some cases, you may not have any symptoms, and it’s only during your regular dental examination that the dentist identifies problems from an x-ray.

Root canal treatment can help you keep a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted, because of damage, decay or infection.

What a Root Canal Procedure Entails

Root canal treatment is the careful “cleaning out” of the inside of a damaged tooth. This process removes the bacteria and inflamed tissue that causes pain, after which the space is disinfected and filled with a rubber-like product called gutta percha. The material stops bacteria from re-entering the tooth and causing another infection.

If enough of the tooth remains to hold it, a filling is used to close the opening in the tooth. In most instances, the dentist will recommend the placement of a crown over the damaged tooth, to support and protect it. In cases where too much of the tooth structure is lost during the root canal procedure, a metal post is implanted into the jawbone to hold the crown.

The entire root canal treatment is done under a dental microscope, which enables the dentist to reach through the tiny canal entry points and branches. These are invisible to the naked eye, and even magnifying glasses are not strong enough to be able to detect and treat all parts of the canal containing bacteria. Without treatment, these bacteria will continue causing inflammation and lead eventually to tooth loss.

Root Canal Recovery

After the anesthesia from the procedure wears off, you might feel some form of pressure or discomfort. You can usually treat this effectively with over-the-counter pain medication like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, and it’s likely to disappear after a day or two. During root canal recovery, try to avoid chewing on the affected tooth until the pain is gone, because this will help the tissues heal faster.

Most teeth become more brittle after a root canal treatment, and chip or break more easily. Once a permanent dental crown is fitted over the remains of the tooth, you’ll experience no difference between the treated tooth and your other natural teeth.

Cost of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal costs depend on the location of the tooth, the amount of dental work required to perform the procedure, and whether a crown or a filling is required afterwards. Please contact us for pricing. If you have dental insurance or a health care savings account let one of our front desk staff know. The best way to find out what your root canal costs will be is to schedule a consultation with a dentist and get an official estimate.

Emergency Root Canal Surgery

Oral infections can quickly become serious, so prompt treatment is essential to prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one. Nobody wants to have emergency root canal surgery, but it’s significant to note that the procedure is far less painful than the infection that leads to is. If you develop any of the symptoms listed above, it’s best to make an urgent appointment with your dental practitioner in case you need emergency care.

For more information about root canal treatment, please contact Nordel Crossing Dental Centre, one of the best dentists in North Delta BC to schedule your consultation today.