What exactly is a Root Canal? A root canal is a procedure to treat pain caused by inflammation or infection within the soft pulp inside a tooth and to prevent the need for removal. This condition can have many causes: decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
The tooth will be examined, x-rayed, and a local anesthetic will be administered before the tooth is isolated by a dental dam to keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure. An opening is then created in the crown of the tooth and the inflamed or infected pulp is removed from inside. The interior of the tooth is then cleaned and shaped for filling with a biocompatible material and adhesive cement to ensure the proper sealing of the root canals. A temporary filling will be put in place to close the opening in the tooth. This will later be removed and a crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to restore it to normal look and function.
A successful root canal will make your tooth as good as new! Make sure to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. You can call us at (416) 368-0165 to help with any of your dental issues.