Root Canal Therapy in North York
At the core of your tooth there is an area we call the pulp, which is the nerve of your tooth where blood and nutrients circulate. If the pulp is damaged it becomes susceptible to infection and can result in pain, swelling, bone damage and loss of the tooth. To save the original tooth and avoid these complications, Root Canal Therapy is often the proper treatment.
Root Canal Therapy allows us to save your tooth rather than replacing it with an implant or denture. The process involves creating an opening in the top of your tooth. The pulp in the ‘root canal’ is completely removed and the ‘canal’ is cleaned out, shaped and smoothed. During this process, any found infection is treated and all bacteria is cleaned out.
Once the canal is cleared of infection, it is filled and sealed. Because the tooth will no longer receive vital nutrients it will become brittle compared to surrounding teeth. For this reason we create a Crown or Cap to strengthen and protect your tooth’s chewing surface, especially if it was a molar. Once ready, the Crown is cemented in place and ‘your tooth’ rather than an artificial replacement keeps its place in your smile.
You may notice that the treated tooth will often darken or discolour once the pulp is removed. If the treatment was on one of your front teeth a whitening procedure can brighten up that tooth along with the rest of your smile.
A root canal involves a few visits to our North York Dental Office as the procedure is done in stages to allow for proper healing and to ensure that all infection is gone.