All About Root Canal Therapy

If you have a deep cavity or a cracked tooth, chances are you might need a root canal therapy. This therapy is also known as endodontic therapy. Millions of smiles are saved and treated every year with this method. Instead of removing the whole tooth, the tooth is re-structured and healed.

What is Tooth Pulp?

It is an area in a tooth chamber. This area is also called as the pulp chamber. This area does not affect the day to day function of the tooth. In severe cases of tooth decay, this chamber gets infected.

When the pulp is damaged, the bacteria start to multiply in the chamber. This cause a drainage chamber and a puss filled pocket that is formed at the ends of the tooth roots. This infection may also cause:

  • Swelling in the areas of the face, neck, or head
  • Bone loss at or around the root tip

Treatment of Root Canal at our Family Dentistry in Mississauga

This therapy requires more visits to the dentist. There are many steps that may occur during your visits to the office:

  • X-ray: The x-ray of the tooth is taken to determine the area of the decay.
  • Anesthesia: Though, anesthesia may not be necessary since the nerve is dead but is still given to numb the area around the tooth. This also put the patient in ease and relaxation.
  • Pulpectomy: A bigger hole is made to remove the decayed pulp.
  • Filling: The opened area is then filled with gutta-percha material and sealed with cement.

Contrary to popular belief, this procedure is not more painful than a filling.

After care

Our dentists at our Dentistry in Mississauga suggest various methods to improve the lifetime of a tooth. Here are ways to take care of your tooth after your root canal therapy at Woodland Dental Centre in Mississauga:

  • Avoid chewing hard food: Avoid chewing on hard food like ice, walnut etc. It might break the filling.
  • Follow health oral regime. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss it regularly.
  • Visit Woodland Dental Centre, your dentistry in Mississauga regularly