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A root canal is a dental procedure where the infected tissue is removed from the inside of the affected tooth.
A root canal is necessary if a tooth has developed an infection in its inner soft tissue.
Treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future infections.
Why might I need a root canal?
This type of infection cannot clear up on its own, and may result in an abscess. If your tooth develops an abscess, substantial complications can occur, such as loss of the tooth or bone loss.
An abscess can even have a negative impact on your overall health. Therefore, dental intervention is necessary in order to maintain good oral health, and to prevent future infections from developing.
If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and it can eventually cause damage to your jawbones and your overall oral health. In these cases, the solution is often to remove the infected tooth nerve with a root canal.
How can we help you with a root canal?
Your dentist will begin with your root canal by applying a local anesthetic. Then, they will proceed to remove the infected pulp from your tooth.
Once the infected pulp has been removed, your dentist will apply dental material to fill the hollow area in the tooth. Then your dentist will place a crown over the area, to strengthen the structure and protect the tooth from future damage.
Anti-inflammatories or antibiotics may be prescribed after a root canal.
You may need a tooth removed if a tooth infection is damaging the surrounding bone or is causing you discomfort.
Teeth that are infected or damaged may also require an extraction if the damage is too severe to save the tooth. This can happen as a result of decay, disease, or injury.
We will consult with you to determine whether or not an extraction is necessary.
Wisdom teeth erupt much later in life than your other adult teeth. For most people, they begin to develop in the late teens or early 20s.
As a result of their late development, sometimes the arrival of wisdom teeth can cause problems for patients oral health. There may not be enough room in the mouth for them to erupt properly, causing them to grow in the wrong direction, or not erupt fully over the gum line.
This can result in dental decay, infection, and crowding of the other teeth. For these reasons, wisdom teeth are often removed for the sake of patients' overall oral health.
How does the procedure work?
Every tooth root is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament.
To extract a tooth, your dentist will expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place.
- Simple extraction
We'll start by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. The dentist then uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth, and will then use forceps to remove it.
- Surgical extraction
For a surgical extraction, we may administer nitrous oxide sedation, in addition to local anaesthetic, to make you feel calm and relaxed.
Your dentist will then make a small incision in your gum in order to extract the tooth.