WHAT IS IT?
Endodontic Therapy, also referred to as Root Canal Therapy, is a procedure in which teeth that are decayed (have deep cavities) or have experienced trauma are treated by removing the infected or inflamed nerve. Having been told countless times there's no pain worse than tooth pain, the root canal procedure is used to help restore the tooth to pain-free health. A root canal is usually performed in one appointment and involves cleaning and shaping the canals in the root (the area that houses the nerve) to seal them off so no bacteria can enter. Once completed, the tooth will require a filing and/or a crown.
WHEN TO CONSIDER IT
You should consider receiving endodontic therapy if there’s:
- Extreme pain - the tooth may be hurting as a result of an inflamed nerve
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- The presence of an abscess or tooth infection
- A cracked tooth/teeth
- A cavity that is very deep
HOW WE FIX IT?
A combination of symptoms, x-rays, and bite tests are used to diagnose and prescribe Endodontic Therapy.
While the root canal requires a slightly longer appointment than a regular filling, the patient's experience is similar to that of a simple filling. We strive to ensure the highest level of comfort possible is achieved. Most patients find their pain subsides immediately following the procedure. However, in some cases some discomfort is experienced for a few days after. Antibiotics or pain medication may be prescribed to aid the healing process if necessary. All symptoms should eventually subside.