Root Canals -
Root Canal | Healing Improperly| Care after the Root Canal
Root Canal or Endodontic Therapy
A thorough examination ~ specialist recommendations
Many individuals have a profound fear of root canal (Endodontic) treatment. Such fears are unwarranted and with a skilled dentist from WeSmile, a root canal treatment is a great way to keep your teeth longer and to keep your smile as healthy as possible.
Having our team at your side helping you to make the right decision for your needs is key to good dental/oral health.
Customizing your treatment is key to making sure your treatment is the right one for you.
Tooth Pain - Sensitive Teeth
It’s very important to know and understand your treatment options when it comes to your teeth. Currently, there are many treatment options for repairing damaged teeth.
WeSmile will advise you of any proposed treatment and alternatives.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is one of the more commonly performed dental procedures with more than 14 million procedures performed annually. This very simple procedure can help to save your natural teeth and help you to avoid the need for bridges or dental implants.
Beneath the hard enamel of your tooth lies the pulp.
Pulp is a soft material composed of many blood vessels and soft tissue. The pulp beneath your teeth can become infected even though it is protected by the enamel.
Infections of the pulp of a tooth are often caused by repeated dental procedures, trauma, decay within a tooth, chipped teeth, or cracked teeth. Symptoms of the infection can be distinguished as visible injuries or swelling of the gum line or the tooth itself along with sensitivity to temperature or discomfort in the area around your tooth.
How is a root canal performed?
If you have experienced:
- Repeated Dental Procedures
- Decay within a tooth
- Chipped teeth, and cracks
Your dentist may advise you to have a root canal, which is a non-surgical procedure to remove the infected pulp beneath the enamel of your tooth.
Your dentist will remove the affected pulp and then carefully clean the root canal system of your tooth before sealing it off.
Root canals are generally performed with local anesthesia.
The success rate of root canals is over 90% for most individuals.
Some root canals require more than one visit depending on the severity.
Proper oral care can help your teeth that have been treated by root canal to last just as long as your other permanent teeth. If your tooth does not heal, which sometimes occurs, or if you still have pain be sure to call us back as retreatment may be needed to resolve the issue.
Pain could occur months or a few years after treatment so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns after your root canal is finished.
Root Canal or Endodontic Treatment not healing propertly?
Every now and then, new issues can influence the health of a tooth that was adequately treated:
- Very narrow canals that could not be treated during your initial procedure or canals that are curved in an odd way.
- Placement of your crown was delayed after your root canal
- The crown or restoration did not shield the inside of the tooth from saliva.
- Your root canal material was exposed by a new decay within your tooth.
- Your tooth became susceptible to new infections by cracked or loose crowns or fillings.
If your tooth needs a retreatment the dentist will open your tooth again to get to the root canal filling material. These materials will need to be removed and discarded to help you dentist get to your root canals. Your dentist will examine your tooth and clean your root canals. Every now and then, new issues can influence the health of a tooth that was adequately treated.