St. Catharines Root Canal Therapy
Garden City Dental Saves Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Preserve Your Natural Teeth with Root Canal Therapy at Garden City Dental
Each of our teeth contains a vital component known as dental pulp, which extends down to the tooth's root, providing nutrients and nerves. When this pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth's nerves can die, and without intervention, the tooth may also perish. Root canals are a precise and effective solution designed to save teeth affected in this manner.
The Root Canal Procedure in Our Clinic
At Garden City Dental, we perform root canal therapy with a straightforward 3-step process:
Drilling: Our skilled team carefully drills into the tooth's crown and pulp chamber to access the affected area.
Pulp Removal: We skillfully reshape or remove the diseased pulp, eliminating the source of infection.
Sealing and Protection: The tooth is then permanently sealed using an inlay, onlay, or crown, preserving its strength and functionality.
Types of Tooth Pain and the Need for Root Canal
Tooth pain can manifest in various ways. Sometimes, it strikes suddenly while you're going about your day. Other times, it becomes painful when exposed to hot or cold sensations, and in some instances, you may experience persistent throbbing discomfort. If you've recently had a filling or crown placed on a tooth and begin to feel such pain, a visit to the dentist may reveal the need for a root canal.
Understanding the Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at preserving your natural tooth within your mouth while maintaining its function and aesthetics. The crown, the visible part of your tooth, is upheld by the roots inside. This interior area, known as the dental pulp or dental nerve, can become compromised by deep cavities that reach the nerve, resulting in an abscess and infection. Root canal treatment becomes essential to save the tooth.
The Modern Root Canal Experience
Advanced dental technology, training, and research have transformed the root canal procedure into an efficient and virtually pain-free process. We begin by ensuring your comfort through anesthesia and the use of a rubber dam for your safety. The infected pulp is then carefully removed, and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. We seal the tooth's roots with gutta-percha, a rubber material, and finalize the procedure with a filling.
The Importance of Crowns
For posterior teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, we often recommend the placement of a crown. These teeth are at an increased risk of fractures due to the flexing caused by daily biting and chewing. Crowns, crafted from materials like metal or porcelain, serve to strengthen and protect your tooth.
Your teeth play a crucial role in maintaining your oral health, and root canal therapy is a valuable tool to preserve them. Neglecting the need for treatment can lead to tooth extraction, which we aim to avoid. If you're experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a thorough evaluation and guidance on the best course of action. Your smile and dental health are our top priorities.