Root Canals Provided by General Dentist in Barrie
Say No More To Your Root Canal Problems
When your tooth gets infected, the most effective way to prevent the eventual tooth loss is with a root canal procedure performed by an experienced dentist at Molson Park Dental Office. In partnership with the entire dental team, our dentists have been performing root canal treatments and other dental procedures for more than a decade. So, if you ever notice an abscess or any other sign of a tooth infection, contact Molson Park Dental Office to schedule a consultation session.
Several treatment options are available for you to consider. Some may require the expertise of an orthodontist, while others, like flossing or brushing in a gentle manner, do not. Our expert knows how to fix black triangles in teeth using all the available methods, including interproximal reduction, hyaluronic acid treatment, veneers, braces, and composite resin. Talk to us, and we will identify the most comfortable and effective option for you.
What is a root canal?
Some dental issues may require extraction of the inner part of the tooth, known as the pulp. The removal process of that soft tissue is called a root canal procedure, and it typically involves the use of a local anesthetic. That tooth section consists of blood vessels, nerves, and tissues that aid in the functioning and wellness of the tooth.
Our endodontist or general dentist can perform root canal treatment. We will also provide more information, including the risks involved.
When is a root canal needed?
Common reasons for root canal treatment include inflammation, infection, or injury to the pulp. Problems with the soft inner parts can be hard to diagnose because they do not affect the outer parts in most cases. The crown can remain in good condition even though there is damage to the pulp. Removing the infected area is the best way to preserve the remaining dental structure.
Some common causes of pulp damage are:
- Cavities that advance and cause extensive decay
- Performing several dental treatments on the same tooth
- Cracks or chips
- Trauma or injury – Sometimes, impact on the tooth may not cause a visible dental crack or chip, but it can injure the inner tissues.
Signs of injured pulp may differ, but the most common is pain. Others include swelling and a heat sensation on the gums. Our dentists can conduct relevant tests such as x-rays and physical exams to confirm the diagnosis. If the evaluations show the need for a root canal, you can see an endodontist or have our experienced general dentist conduct the procedure.
What is a root canal
When is a root canal needed
ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES
WHAT STEPS DOES IT INCLUDE
How is the root canal performed?
We perform root canal procedures at Molson Park Dental Office. You can book an appointment and come in on the set date. We take good care of our clients from the moment they arrive.
One of our staff members will lead you to the treatment room and help you settle in to ensure you are comfortable. Part of that involves placing a bib around the neck to keep off stains.
The procedure involves the following steps:
- Anesthetic administration
We use a local anesthetic that the dentist injects near the damaged tooth. We can apply a numbing agent on the site before the injection to make you more comfortable. We then wait a few minutes for the anesthesia to take effect before proceeding with the rest of the procedure.
- Anesthetic administration
Patients do not feel pain at this stage or during the process – you may feel a pinch or slight burning feeling. You will stay awake the entire time.
- Pulp removal
After ascertaining that the location is numb, the dentist will create an opening on the crown of the damaged tooth. They will expose the pulp and remove the damaged tissues using special apparatus called files. Our specialists are thorough and delicate in the removal process. We eliminate all the infected pulp and clean the canals in the tooth.
- Pulp removal
- Antibiotics administration
Some cases may require antibiotics if the dentist thinks there might be reinfection. We can apply topical antibiotics on the site as a preventive measure. We also clean and disinfect the site properly before filling and sealing the tooth. We use gutta-percha, which is a rubber-like component and a sealer paste to seal the tooth. You may have to take some oral antibiotics afterward to clear the infection completely.
- Antibiotics administration
The final step involves placing a temporary filling at the top of the tooth. The sealant we use is soft, comfortable, and effective in keeping away saliva that could damage the canals.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
One of the common symptoms of tooth infection is pain. This includes dull pain (persistent) and sharp pain, particularly when chewing or biting. Other symptoms of teeth infections include:
- Swollen or red gums
- Painful response to pressure
- Tooth discolouration
- Bad taste or bad breath that doesn’t diminish even when you brush
As your tooth infection spreads or gets worse, it is likely to destroy the surrounding bone tissue and eventually cause severe side effects in case the infection invades vital tissues or structures in your neck and head. When appropriately done, a root canal is an effective treatment for tooth infection. Indeed, the procedure can ensure proper restoration of your teeth and ensure that they last a lifetime.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
SIDE EFFECTS OF DENTAL INFECTION
COVERING THE TOOTH
RESTORATION OF STRENGTH OF YOUR TEETH
The Root Canal Procedure
Generally, the root canal procedure must be performed by a trained and certified dentist under localized anesthesia, and this procedure isn’t more invasive than a simple dental filling. However, if you are somewhat uncomfortable with this idea of a root canal treatment, our dentist would be glad to discuss a sedative option to ensure no discomfort or pain during the root canal procedure.
To eliminate debris and bacteria from the infected tooth tissue, your doctor will make a small access hole. Through this hole, the infected pulp is eliminated using special instruments and occasional flushing. Whenever necessary, antibacterial medication may be administered before the small hole is sealed, and the entire tooth is then covered with a dental crown. Keep in mind that covering the tooth could prevent infection and offers complete restoration of your tooth’s beauty and strength.
Many experienced dentists in Barrie unanimously agree that the root canal process is often completed in a single visit to a dental facility. However, multiple visits may be necessary in case the infection is severe. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination before the procedure to fully understand the extent of tooth infection. This way, our dentists ensure that the infected tooth is carefully treated without the need to remove the entire tooth.
Follow-up after root canal surgery
Most patients experience soreness on the tooth and surrounding areas after the numbing medication wears off. Some patients also report swollen gums soon after root canal treatment. These symptoms can go away with over-the-counter medication and should not worry you. Our dentist will give you the proper prescription to make you more comfortable. However, you should call us immediately if the pain and discomfort persist for more than a few days or gets worse.
Root canal treatment does not prevent regular routines. You can resume your normal activities a day after, but remember not to chew with the affected tooth until you get a dental crown or permanent filling.
You can come for a checkup after a few days of the procedure. We will check for possible recurrent infection, after which we may replace the temporary filling with a permanent one. A dental crown is another alternative you can consider having. These artificial teeth are available in different materials, porcelain and gold being the most common. Getting used to them may take some time. The experts at Molson Park Dental Office will advise you on the best choice.
CHECKUP AFTER A FEW DAYS OF THE PROCEDURE
We are a Family Friendly Practice
At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Layth works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.