Root Canal Treatments manage bacterial infections in the pulp at the centre of the tooth. When sensitive nerves and blood vessels inside the root canal are infected by bacteria, the tooth becomes inflamed and infected. Left untreated, the bacteria can spread to the jawbone and travel through the rest of the body. A root canal treatment is recommended as an attempt to save the tooth – and thus avoid tooth extraction and associated long-term costs with tooth replacement options and maintenance.
At Drouin Dental, we will always strive to save your tooth wherever possible to avoid unnecessary loss of your tooth. The aim of Root Canal Treatment is to provide pain relief in the short-term, while saving your tooth in the long-term. This is done by removing the infected and inflamed pulp and disinfecting the root canals, followed by placing the root filling. After completion of the root canal, we would either place a permanent filling or recommend a crown (or cap) to protect the tooth against fractures.
Losing a tooth has a detrimental impact on the neighbouring teeth. A misaligned bite causes teeth to move or spread out to fill the space. Preserving the natural tooth through Root Canal Therapy is therefore the aim for all patients.
Immediately after Root Canal Treatment, you should be careful with what you eat and drink so as not to cause any damage. We recommend that you avoid any hot, hard, crunchy or sticky foods or drinks while your tooth recovers from the treatment.
Root Canal Therapy is performed when the tooth has been completely numbed and will ease the pain and suffering caused by an infected tooth. After your root canal your tooth may be sore or tender. This is a normal symptom of your body’s healing process and usually lasts only a few days following your treatment.