The root canal treatment is used to restore a decayed tooth or a broken tooth without having to extract it when the decay has reached the dental pulp.
At Sourire Concept, we perform root canal treatments on a tooth for several reasons. First, in the case of a deep cavity that has reached the dental pulp, but also when a tooth is broken and a filling is not enough to restore it. Root canal treatments are also performed when the pulp is irritated by trauma and restoration is required or if your dentist has suggested a crown requiring additional support. In most cases, the purpose of a root canal treatment is to keep your tooth and to avoid having to have it extracted. In more complex cases, it is possible that your dentist refers you to an endodontist.
- Once the proper diagnosis is made, a second appointment for the procedure will be given.
- To avoid pain, root canal treatment is performed under local anesthesia, usually in one or two appointments.
- The dentist will use a rubber dental dam to isolate your tooth and prevent infection.
- After making a small opening in the tooth, the dentist accesses the canal and then the damaged pulp, removing the pulp, while cleaning and widening the canal.
- The dentist then fills the canal with a sealant and closes the tooth with a temporary or permanent seal. Should your root canal treatment be performed by an endodontist, the latter will refer you back to your dentist to restore your tooth.
- To restore the tooth, the dentist makes a permanent filling or will put in a crown, all depending on the strength of your tooth.
Advantages of a Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment:
- Prevents you from losing your tooth,
- Causes little pain, and
- Can be completed in one or two appointments only.