Do I Really Need A Root Canal?
At our office we get a lot of questions about root canals, so we thought it would be helpful to put together some of our more frequently asked questions with answers, so you can feel informed.
What is a root canal?
A root canal treatment removes the infected, injured, or dead pulp (nerves and blood vessels) from your tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the area is cleaned, and the canal is filled and sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.
Do I need a root canal?
Typically, patients who have infected, damaged, or dead pulp in their tooth, experience pain and/or swelling. We recommended that you see your dentist as soon as possible so that x-rays can be taken and an assessment can be made as to the cause of the discomfort. If the x-rays display problems with the area around the root of your tooth, or clinical examination points to the problem with the pulp, it is highly recommended to schedule a root canal. Doing nothing will not help with the pain and your tooth will likely be a source of discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, chewing, or just in general.
On a more serious note, if left unattended, infected pulp can spread into the surrounding tissue and jawbone which can lead to intense pain and may also result in the dentist not being able to save your tooth.
Treatments have improved
Once diagnosed with needing a root canal, many patients find themselves driving all over Ontario for various tests, appointments, and follow-ups. This is not only time consuming and stressful, but can lead to delays in getting the procedure arranged.
At Harmony Dental, we are one of the few dental practices in the area to have an expert Endodontist from Toronto who comes to our office to assist our patients.
We keep it easy and look after everything at our office. We have all your records, x-rays, and history — and we have the specialized expert who will efficiently and effectively look after your root canal.
If you have questions about root canals, or any other dental concerns, give us a call. We’ll answer your questions and help you make treatment decisions that are right for you.