If you suffer from severe toothaches, especially those deep inside the tooth, you may require a root canal procedure. But don't let that phrase scare you! Root canals-or endodontic treatments-are actually a conservative alternative to removing and replacing a tooth that has suffered from an internal infection. They are very simple and nothing to fear.
The phrase root canal actually refers to a structure inside each of your teeth. These canals run through the root of your tooth and house a sensitive, nerve-filled material called pulp.
Sometimes this pulp becomes inflamed or begins to decay, just like a regular cavity. The inflammation and decay require a root canal treatment which, again, is very much like a traditional cavity filling. It just happens a little deeper in the tooth.
There are several signs to look for, which may indicate that a root canal treatment is a right choice for you:
HOW IT WILL WORK
A root canal procedure only requires a few simple steps. Just as with a regular filling, the top of the tooth will be opened up. Then a thin, flexible tool is used to clean out the infected material.
After the tooth is good and clean, it is filled with a flexible, biocompatible material. Then it is topped with a custom-crafted dental crown to make it structurally more solid and preserve your bite.
Whether you end up needing a root canal procedure or not, you deserve to live without pain. That is why our Cornwall dentist and team are here to help all patients in the Cornwall, Long Sault, Morrisburg, and Ingleside areas in Ontario. For any toothaches or other dental discomforts, call our office today in Cornwall, ON.
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Cornwall, ON K6J 3S2