Our dentists in Burnaby perform root canals to try and save a damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure the diseased blood vessels, nerves and other tissues are removed from the interior of a damaged tooth. If the damaged tooth is left untreated without a root canal, the tooth will die and require extraction.
Your dentist will begin by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next they will clean and disinfect the inner chamber and fill it with medicated material to prevent infection. To finish the procedure, the tooth is generally capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
Why a Root Canal May Be Recommended
A root canal treatment aims to relieve the pain and symptoms of the diseased material and save the damaged tooth. The procedure also limits the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
When your dentist removes the decay and bacteria of the inner tooth, it can help stop the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, contact our Burnaby dental team. Our dentists can diagnose the issue and determine treatment.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness