Save your tooth with a root canal in Mississauga, ON
If you have a tooth with trauma, infection, or severe decay, the team at Huron Dental Centre in Mississauga may recommend root canal therapy. While many individuals wince at the mere mention of a root canal, the reality is that this safe and effective procedure eliminates pain and saves a damaged tooth from extraction. In the following article, we’ll look at the root canal procedure and how it’s a safe way to save your tooth.
What is root canal therapy?
When we recommend root canal therapy to a patient, one of the first questions often asked is, “Will that really be necessary?” In fact, some even wonder if pulling the tooth would be a better option. We understand that a lot of the negative connotations associated with root canals are misconceptions, which is why we’d like to explain their purpose.
To understand the root canal procedure, one must first understand the anatomy of a tooth. The visible portion of the tooth that you see above the gum line is known as the crown while the portion of your tooth that lies below the gum line and is attached to the jawbone is known as the root. Within the root are the root canals which contain the pulp tissue, blood vessels, and nerves of the tooth.
When damage to a tooth extends into the inner portion of the root canals it can cause extreme pain for the individual. There are several reasons this portion of the tooth can become so severely damaged. Among them are:
- Injury. It may be years before symptoms occur after an injury to the tooth
- Advance decay reaches the pulp chamber.
- Infections that have reached the root.
- A fractured tooth.
- Multiple fillings or restorations on the same tooth.
During a root canal, the dentist will access the inner chamber of the tooth by drilling a small hole through the crown. The damaged pulp, nerves, and infected tissue are removed from the root canals. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned out, the dentist will fill the inside of the tooth and then seal it off. The root canal procedure significantly weakens the tooth structure, so a dental crown is typically placed on top of the treated tooth to prevent further damage.
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Following a root canal, patients should continue to brush and floss around the tooth just as they did before. A tooth that has undergone a root canal can last an entire lifetime with good oral hygiene.
Root Canals vs. Extractions: The importance of saving your tooth
When patients ask us about pulling out a tooth instead of a root canal, our response is always that there is no substitute for the natural tooth. While there are natural-looking and long-lasting restorations such a dental implant, they are never as good as your natural tooth. This is for several reasons.
- No restoration will ever look and feel exactly like the natural tooth.
- Restorations such as dental implants are bridges are often expensive and require multiple visits to the dentist’s office.
- If the extracted tooth is not replaced, it will negatively impact oral health. Without stimulation from a tooth root, the jawbone will deteriorate, nearby teeth will shift into its place or become loose.
- Without a restoration, missing teeth will impact the appearance. Hollowed-out, sunken cheeks will cause an aged appearance.
Keep Your Smile Beautiful and Healthy – Book your appointment at Huron Dental Centre today!
If you are in pain, or you’ve put off having a root canal out of fear, please call the team at Huron Dental Centre today for an evaluation. Seeking prompt treatment on a damaged tooth gives us a greater chance of being able to save it and prevent the need for extractions and costly restorations. At Huron Dental Centre, our team delivers compassionate dental care combining advanced dental technologies and a gentle touch. With root canal therapy for a damaged or infected tooth, you can be free of pain and back to your normal daily activities with a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Don’t put off treatment. To book your appointment, call 855 393-0900 today. Our office is conveniently located at 3085 Hurontario St, Suite 208, Mississauga, ON L54 4E4.
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