Understanding Major Dental Procedures (part 2 of 4) > Root Canals
Many people misunderstand the procedure of a root canal, and are under the assumption that a root canal means reams of discomfort, both during and after the procedure. This is a fallacy.
Simply put …a root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the pulp from your tooth by inserting a small thread into the center of your tooth, and cleans out the debris. It is then cleaned, shaped and filled, sealing off the root canal.
Gone are the days of losing these teeth. With modern dentistry offering these types of solutions, many-a-tooth is able to be saved. As such, root canals it should be revered, not feared!
What causes pulp damage?
- A tooth that has cracked
- A cavity that has been left untreated and is now deep into the tooth
- A tooth injury, whereby the tooth was knocked hard, and damage to the root was caused.
Left untreated, this type of decay can cause an abscess, and deteriorate the bone surrounding the tooth, causing booth pain and potential irreversible damage.
Root Canal – The Procedure
As mentioned …a root canal is a procedure in which the dentist removes the pulp from your tooth by inserting a small thread into the center of your tooth, and cleaning out the debris.
In addition to this initial procedure, you might require a follow-up visit in order to create a crown for the tooth. Especially if the tooth is located at the back of the mouth, where a lot of extreme chewing pressure is created.
Root Canal – The Lifespan
As with crowns and bridges, your root canal can last a lifetime …especially if the tooth in question has a crown in place. Once again, proper care is required to maintain the lifespan of this tooth, and regular dental checkups are necessary to ensure no additional infection takes place in the area. Although the root and pulp have been removed, your mouth is still “alive” with bacteria, and it can still sneak into even the tiniest of areas. A dental professional can monitor this to see if any bone loss is occurring, or if it is maintaining or regenerating nicely.
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | 604.568.2211
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | 604.514.6499
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.5222
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.1110
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | 604.525.1116