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Preserving Teeth with Root Canal Therapy at Alliston Kind Dentistry

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is not necessarily any more painful than getting a filling for a cavity. Endodontic treatment (aka “root canal”) is a dental procedure performed on the interior pulp of the tooth when the pulp or nerve has become infected; it is done to preserve the structure of the tooth and protect it from further decay. If we recommend a root canal at Alliston Kind Dentistry to prevent the loss of your tooth, our dentists and staff will strive to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

Root Canal Therapy
Under the hard surface of your tooth is a space filled with the root canal system, a soft pulp that contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth healthy and fed by canals. When bacteria enter and infect the pulp, the tooth becomes abscessed, often causing considerable pain. During root canal therapy, your Alliston Kind Dentistry dentist will:

  • Begin by giving you a local anaesthetic
  • Make an opening in your tooth that allows the dentist to access the infected pulp
  • Clean out the decayed pulp and canals with finely-sized dental instruments 
  • Seal the canals with an inert material such as “gutta percha” to prevent future infection

Once this is done, the tooth will be “dead” and any residual infection will resolve. Antibiotics are sometimes required afterwards to resolve stubborn infections. A final filling is then placed in the small opening made in the top of the tooth. After receiving a root canal, it is often recommended that the tooth should be protected with a crown to prevent cracking or fracturing.

Most patients find that the root canal procedure gives them immediate relief from the intense pain of an abscessed tooth and are grateful to avoid losing the tooth altogether. You can watch this video to learn more about root canal therapy. You can also give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and allay any anxiety you may have about the procedure.

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