Endodontic treatment is also called a root canal. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled. We offer options for sedation and anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment include:
Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
Severe sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
Chipped or broken tooth
Blow to the tooth
Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above so we can determine if you need a root canal in Ancaster.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal. This preserves the tooth and retains its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
Root Canal Procedure
Local anesthesia is administered
Dental dam is used to isolate the tooth
The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp
The root is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals
Using special tools, we reshape the canals and clean the canals with one or more of the specific protocols. This protocol may include, iodine iontophoresis, LSTR, ozone gas disinfection
The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material
A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
You must see us promptly for permanent restoration of the tooth