Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that eliminates infection that has reached the nerves of the affected tooth. Signs of infection requiring root canal treatment include pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tenderness to chewing, swelling and discoloration of the tooth.

Benefits Of Root Canal Treatment

  • Eliminates pain from a badly infected tooth which otherwise has to be extracted.
  • Helps maintain chewing efficiency.
  • Protects the other teeth from growing into the empty space and preserving the bite.
  • Helps maintain your natural smile.

How Is A Root Canal Treatment Done?

Before the root canal procedure, the dentist will give you a local anaesthesia. During the root canal procedure, the dentist will make an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and damaged pulp. The infected nerves are removed with very fine dental instruments, and the inside of the tooth is disinfected and cleaned. It is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then restored with a crown or permanent filling for protection. After the final restorations, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Root canal treatment is usually done in one appointment, but can take two appointments as well. After root canal treatment, your tooth may be tender for the first week. It is NOT common to experience bad pain and swelling.

Book An Appointment

If you have any questions about root canal treatment, please contact us at Cusp Dental – we are here to help. To make an appointment, call us directly at 778-574-3300 or book online.