St. Catharines Root Canal Therapy
Garden City Dental Saves Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp – which provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves – that extends down to the toothʼs root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the toothʼs nerves die. Often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save teeth damaged in this way.
The procedure at Garden City Dental to save your tooth with root canal therapy takes only 3 steps in our clinic:
- Drilling into the toothʼs crown and pulp chamber
- Reshaping or removing diseased pulp
- Permanently sealing with an inlay, onlay or crown
Teeth pain can start in many different ways. In some cases, you're sitting minding your own business and then bam, your tooth starts aching. In other cases, it's pain to bite hot and cold, and finally, in other situations, it's throbbing pain. After you've had a recent filling or a crown on your tooth, so you're in the dentist office and after an exam and some x-rays, you get the news, you need a root canal, and depending if you have had pain or not, you might actually breathe a sigh of relief.
What is a Root Canal Exactly?
Well, let's talk about what it is. So the intent behind a root canal is to keep your tooth in your mouth and to preserve function and aesthetics. So the top part of your tooth that you see in your mouth is the crown and what holds the tooth in your bone are the roots on the inside of the tooth. technology training and research have made a huge difference in making the procedure efficient and pain-free. It's called your dental pulp, or let's just call it the dental nerve.
The sort of a cavity is in the crown part, and if it goes unchecked, it slowly progressed into the nerve and when bacteria get into the nerve, they cause an abscess, and an infection starts. Like I said previously, a root canal can help save your tooth.
We will numb you up with anesthetics so you won't feel anything, and then we'll place a rubber dam. The rubber dam is 100% for your safety. The next step is to remove the decay and infection from the inside of your tooth. Small files will be used to remove the nerve and any infection your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected and then a rubber material called gutta-percha will be placed in the tooth to seal from the tip of the root to about halfway up. A filling will then be placed to seal the deal. We recommend placing a crown on back root canal teeth because there's an increased risk of fracturing them. A crown can be made of metal or porcelain and essentially acts to strengthen your tooth.
Your teeth act like wedges to each other, and after thousands of cycles of biting and chewing, the flexing that they cause starts to develop fractures in the teeth. These cracks can progress through the tooth and fracture the tooth right down the middle. If this happens, the tooth needs to be extracted.