Routine and emergency root canal treatments
The root canal is the part of the tooth that contains the dental pulp, which nourishes the tooth to keep it strong and healthy. Unfortunately, infection can damage the pulp, weaken the tooth, and cause pain, requiring an endodontic procedure commonly known as a root canal.
What is a root canal procedure?
During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected pulp and fills the canal, then caps the tooth with a temporary filling. This alleviates the pain caused by the infected pulp and also reinforces the tooth, keeping the smile strong and healthy. Once the dentist is sure no residual or secondary infection exists, he will cap the tooth with either a crown or a permanent filling.
Do root canals hurt?
Whether a root canal entails pain, and how much, depends on the extent of the original infection, whether any secondary infection occurs, and the patient him/herself. Generally, some soreness is to be expected for a few days after the procedure, but the procedure itself is performed under local anesthetic. Sedation dentistry root canals are also possible.
In the end, root canals actually relieve the pain of an infected tooth, so don’t let fear stop you from getting the care you need. Dr Michelle Kizel and Dr Mikhail Pliousnine at College Manor Dental Centre are always ready to perform routine or emergency root canals in Newmarket. Contact them today for more information on root canal treatments.