Do You Really Know What a Root Canal Treatment Does?
There are tons of dental procedures out there, but one of the more misunderstood ones is that of the root canal treatment. If you have been told that you need a root canal, there is no need to worry. Millions of them are performed around the world each year, but you should at least know what it involves.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canals are endodontic treatments, which focus on the inside of the tooth rather than the outside. In order to fully understand the procedure, you must know a little bit about the anatomy of the tooth and what a root canal is designed to protect: the dental pulp.
Dental pulp is a soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. The pulp extends from the crown of your tooth down to the roots – connecting the tissue around the root. Pulp is important during the development of your tooth, but after your teeth are fully matured, the tooth can survive without it.
During a root canal, infected or injured pulp is removed from your tooth. The process involves multiple steps, including:
1. An anesthetic is applied to the area where your dentist will work.
2. The dentist will use a rubber dam to protect the area from bacteria in your saliva.
3. An opening is made inside the tooth in order to reach the root canal system where the dental pulp sits.
4. Using fine instruments, the dead or injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is cleaned and enlarged.
5. The area is filled and sealed.
6. The opening of your tooth is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Proper dental care in Toronto can help prevent the need for a root canal in the future. However, even with proper care, you should see a dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms which may indicate you need a root canal treatment:
• Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold sources
• Tenderness when you touch the tooth or surrounding area
• Discolouration of one tooth
• Drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes
If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, visit Dr. Cyrus today. He can assess the condition of your teeth and determine if a root canal treatment is a proper procedure for you.
Schedule a root canal consultation at our dental office in Scarborough today by calling 416-287-2426.
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