Root Canals

Root Canals

Root Canal treatment is often a feared phrase for patients. However, root canals are a more common dental procedure than people think.

Reasons for Root Canals:

  • Persistent sensitivity that will not go away
  • Deep cavities
  • Infection in the root
  • Pain in the tooth

Will it Hurt?

  • Most people think root canals will hurt a lot. The patient is given local anaesthetic (freezing)  just like during a regular filling. More common than not there is no pain during and after the treatment. 

What Happens during the appointment?

  • Root canal treatment requires a longer appointment time.
  • A dental dam is placed in order to protect your throat
  • The tooth camber is cleaned out (this is the living part of the tooth) the empty canals are filled with a safe dental material
  • A temporary filling is placed
  • Patient is to return approximately 10 days later for a crown to be placed on tooth. This keeps the root canalled tooth strong and prevents the weakened tooth from breaking

Who performs my root canal?

  • Depending on the complexity of the tooth the root canal can be completed by both a regular dentist or a specialist called an Endodontist.