At Norwood Dental Centre in Winnipeg, our family dentist can save your damaged or infected teeth with root canal therapy.
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes nerves, bacteria and decay from an affected tooth, and fills the space with dental medication. This treatment can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed and help restore its full function.
The only way to find out for sure if you need a root canal is to get a diagnosis from your dentist. However, symptoms like sensitivity to hot and cold, severe toothache, and swollen or tender gums may indicate that you need a root canal.
It can be hard to tell if a tooth needs a root canal because many of the signs can only be determined by a dentist.
If you experience any of the following issues, it may mean you need a root canal and should see your dentist right away:
If you think you may need a root canal, contact your dentist. They will be able to assess your symptoms, identify the issue and recommend the proper treatment.
When a tooth is damaged, our dentists always do everything they can to save it before considering extraction. This is because a missing tooth can lead to many oral health issues and expensive dental work down the road.
Missing teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible, because if they're not, the surrounding teeth my shift out of position into the space left behind. In addition, the jawbone around the gap can begin to deteriorate, leading to a condition called facial collapse.
Finally, missing teeth can make chewing and speaking difficult and awkward.
Ultimately, simply getting a root canal can save the patient a lot of time, money, health problems and inconvenience in the long run.
Your dentist will begin by applying a local anaesthetic to numb the area. They will then remove the infected pulp from the tooth and fill in the hollow area with dental materials. The dentist may also place a crown over the infected tooth to provide structural support and to prevent future damage.
Root canal treatment is not painful. You may feel mild discomfort during your procedure, but the use of anaesthesia will mitigate any pain.
In the days following your root canal, you may experience some discomfort and tenderness in the treated area. This discomfort will generally be mild, and can be managed with anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. After root canal therapy, your tooth will go back to feeling more or less normal, and the pain and sensitivity you experienced as a result of the infection will have dissipated.