Root Canal Treatment
Located in Surrey
Root canal treatment is used to repair and save teeth that have become badly decayed, fractured or infected. The procedure is designed to eliminate bacteria from an infected root canal system, prevent reinfection and save the tooth. If you’re experiencing severe pain while chewing, notice “pimples” on the gums, have a chipped/cracked tooth, have lingering sensitivity to hot/cold, or have swollen/tender gums, it may be a sign that you need root canal treatment.
Root canals are the natural irrigation network inside the tooth. The tooth’s nerve is located within the canal system and the pulp chamber, which houses the soft tissue within the tooth. This system includes blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue to help the tooth grow during development. If your tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can easily enter the pulp chamber and multiply within the pulp tissue to cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. Abscesses are a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of a tooth.
Pain and swelling can also occur if the infected tissue isn’t removed. Infections in the root canal system can cause sometimes life-threatening swelling that may spread to other areas such as the face, neck or head. It can also cause bone loss around the tip of the root.
During the treatment, either your general dentist or an endodontist will remove the affected tissue. Endodontists are highly skilled specialists in the field involving the internal networks of teeth and performing root canal treatments. The inside of the tooth is cleaned, sealed and filled with a dental compound. If there is extensive tooth decay, your dentist may suggest placing a crown on the tooth to strengthen and protect it. A restored tooth can last as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups.
A painless root canal treatment in Surrey can usually be done in one or two appointments depending on the condition of the tooth. It can be similar to a routine filling and is usually relatively painless. You’ll be back to smiling and chewing normally while having your teeth protected from excessive wear.