Understanding Root Canal Treatment
Many patients fear a root canal treatment because they’re not sure what it is or how a root canal works, and they think it sounds painful. A root canal treatment is actually an effective way to repair an infected tooth, a damaged tooth or relieve consistent inflammation of dental pulp.
In many cases, without a root canal procedure, you could risk not only losing your tooth but opening up the surrounding area in your mouth to further infections. As such, root canal treatments are one of the most common procedures in dentist offices.
Many patients here in Abbotsford ask, “Will a root canal hurt?” and “Is a root canal necessary?” The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental personally assess the extent of the damage to each patient’s tooth and carefully analyse X-rays to plan for a safe and successful procedure and ensure that there is little to no pain at all for most patients.
What is a Root Canal Procedure?
The colloquial name for the procedure actually comes from a part of the tooth itself. The root canal is a space inside a tooth that is full of living tissue called dental pulp. A root canal procedure, officially known as endodontic treatment, is needed when dental pulp becomes infected.
What are Endodontics?
Endodontics is the dental practice of studying and treating dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft tissue that lives in the middle of the tooth in the root canal area that visually resembles a narrow, hollow vessel.
Dental pulp contains nerves, arterioles, venules and different kinds of tissues – any of which become damaged, a dentist is needed to help save the tooth with endodontic treatment.
What Are the Causes of an Infected Tooth for a Root Canal?
Any time a root canal becomes infected or is seriously susceptible to infection, your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental will recommend a personalized root canal treatment for you.
Dental pulp infections are the most common cause of root canal therapies, as bacteria from the infections often causes tooth decay that can permanently damage the tooth, leading to tooth loss.
Other causes such as tooth fractures or chips that are extensive enough to expose the root canal – in these cases, root canal treatment is a pre-emptive measure against tooth infection.
How Does Root Canal Procedure Work?
At Clayburn Dental, we personally examine X-rays of your mouth to ensure safe and effective treatment. After applying local anaesthesia, a dental dam is applied over your mouth as a protective shield.
With small instruments, we create a tiny opening in your tooth to access the root canal, and clean out the dental pulp and the surrounding area for disinfection. After filling the area, we seal the opening with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, biocompatible material and top it off with natural-feeling cement for a complete seal. For many patients, the procedure can often be completed in a single visit.
Will I Get Root Canal Pain from Endodontic Treatment?
Pain during a root canal treatment is easily mitigated and usually avoided entirely with properly applied anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia wears off, except for severe cases where the pre-existing damage was extensive, most patients experience only mild discomfort for a short period of time.
Root Canal Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford
Clayburn Dental Office offers full endodontic treatments to patients of any age in Abbotsford.
Whether you know have fully infected dental pulp, a small chip or fracture in your teeth, or even if you are just experiencing tooth soreness, come see us and we’ll be able to help you recover while making you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can customize a root canal treatment for your specific dental needs.