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Root Canal

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Root Canal

Endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) is a special type of restoration that treats the deeper nerve canal of infected teeth. Root canals are often one of the last lines of defence against tooth removal. A prompt root canal treatment can eliminate tooth pain and preserve your smile for several years to come.
How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is recommended when your tooth has experienced significant trauma or the nerve inside of it is inflamed or infected. The tooth may show visible signs of abscessing or a dying nerve, such as

  • A small blister on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot temperatures
  • Pain when biting
  • Visible darkening of the tooth
  • Abscess visible on an X-ray
  • A history of past trauma to the tooth
What to Expect

Depending on your tooth, a root canal may require one or two separate visits (we’ll evaluate on a tooth-by-tooth basis). The process involves numbing your tooth and removing any areas of decay. When we access the nerve, those tissues are cleaned out using special instruments. Next, your nerve canals are disinfected and filled to prevent any bacteria from entering those spaces.

Most teeth will need a protective crown on top of them, but some can be restored with a normal filling.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Contrary to what you may have heard, getting a root canal isn’t any more uncomfortable than having a filling completed. The only difference is that a root canal takes a little more time to complete. You won’t feel any different throughout the process.

FAQ's

Our dentist will examine and take x-rays of your teeth to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening. With whitening, only the pigments in the enamel of the teeth are whitened. Fillings and crowns do not whiten with bleaching .

The root canal treatment aims is to save a tooth that has been decayed, diseased or injured. In this procedure, the dead tissue is removed from the canal, and tooth is cleaned with medicaments and shaped. After that the canals are filled with biocompatible material. In Most instances crowning of tooth is required after root canal treatment. In cases, where root canal treatment may not be appropriate, extraction may be the best option.

With the advent of modern digital radiographic techniques and high speed films ,which has dramatically reduced the exposure times so much so that an average dental x-ray is as harmful as one hour flight.

When your baby does not have teeth yet, you should wipe his/her gums with wet warm clean cloth after every feed. Once baby gets her first teeth, make sure you clean them after feed with a warm wet cloth and also do make sure that baby is not sleeping with a bottle in mouth. Your toddler should follow routine tooth brushing regimen as rest of the family but making sure to put just a smear of toothpaste. You may choose to use milk teeth toothpaste, which contains less fluoride until the first permanent teeth start erupting, but regular toothpaste can also be used if right amount is used.