The Root Canal Treatment Plan
It’s not like it used to be! With proper care, we can perform a root canal with very little pain or discomfort. Here’s how:
Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
The first step requires an x-ray of the tooth and the surrounding bone to assess the infection. The dentist or endodontist may prescribe antibiotics to help control infection and inflammation. The pressure from infected swelling is what makes an abscess so painful– antibiotics will alleviate that pressure temporarily.
Prepping the Tooth
When we’re ready to perform the root canal, we will carefully numb the area before
freezing your gums, teeth and the surrounding area. Your comfort and peace-of-mind
are of the utmost importance to us. An access hole is drilled into the tooth. With the
aid of an operating microscope, the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and related
debris are removed.
Sealing the Tooth
Depending on the severity of the abscess, we may put some medicine inside the tooth to completely clear up any infection. If the procedure requires multiple visits, a temporary filling will be applied. At this point, you will already feel some relief.
Only when your tooth is thoroughly cleaned and healthy can it be permanently sealed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are root canals as painful as they say?
Thanks to modern technology, and our highly trained team of dentists and dental hygienists, root canal treatments now involve minimal to no pain at all.
Do I need a root canal?
Some of the signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal are; severe toothaches while applying pressure or chewing, continued sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, discolouration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness of the gums. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms it is important to contact us so that we can examine your situation and decide if you are a candidate for a root canal procedure.
What causes the damage that leads to a root canal in the first place?
Damage can occur due to deep decay, trauma, or a crack or chip in the tooth. A root canal salvages your tooth and prevents the spread of infection.
Why does the pulp have to be removed? Can't I just take antibiotics?
By the time you realize you need a root canal, your
tooth pulp and nerve have already begun to decay. This
infected tissue will never fully heal and would only
become infected again. Removing the pulp is the only
safe option. While antibiotics can often alleviate some
of the pain from an infected tooth, the source of the
infection – the infected nerve – is still present. Until it is
removed, the pain will come back. [Antibiotics also
won’t be effective for other conditions that requiring a root canal like cracked tooth syndrome, when a cavity gets too close to the nerve, making it irreversibly hypersensitive.]
Are root canals covered by insurance?
You must contact your insurance provider to find out what they cover. After a consultation, we can provide you with an estimate to send to your provider. We strongly encourage you to make a root canal a high priority. Please speak to us if you feel any hesitation.