At Harborn Dental, our dentists take all measures to make the root canal comfortable for patients in Mississauga. We believe in making our patients understand the whole process in detail so that they are informed about what’s going to happen and how. Most people shudder with imagined pain and apprehension even at the mention of the word root canal. But the recent developments in technology and medication have made the process easier with little or no postoperative pain. We use the latest technology, materials, and medicines to make the root canal process much less painful. We offer you a trained and experienced team of dentists for root canal services in Mississauga.
Pain or sensitivity to hot and cold are the most common symptoms of tooth decay. Sensitivity also indicates that the infection has reached the interiors of your tooth. In such cases, a root canal can only save your tooth.
If you are not sure whether you need a root canal treatment or not, look for the following signs:
Sensitivity and pain when eating or drinking hot and cold foods
Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
Severe pain on clenching
Severe toothache in the middle of the night
Pain radiating from one area of the mouth to another
Root Canal Process
The dentist will ask you to take an X-Ray. It helps the dentist in evaluating the tooth for possible root canal procedure. Your dentist might also test your tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure using electrical impulses. It also helps in measuring the pulp chamber and root canal system.
After the evaluation, your dentist will give you local anesthesia and isolate the problematic tooth with a rubber dam. A lot of tools, including highly-refined files and ultrasonic instruments, are used to thoroughly remove the infected part, shape and cleanse your pulp. Your dentist will prescribe you antibiotics if there is an abscess.
Root canal procedures are usually done in one sitting these days. But if more than one treatment is required, the dentist will put you on antibacterial medication and fill up the pulp chamber with a temporary filling. After all signs of the infection have vanished, the dentist will line your root canal with cement and fill and seal it with a soft, pliable material called gutta-percha. This material prevents bacteria from entering by conforming to the space. The permanent restoration of the tooth is then done with the help of a crown.
You are advised to follow a consistent program of proper at-home hygiene to prevent any infection. Regular professional exams and cleanings are also advised to help control the presence and extent of tooth decay. All these preventive measures help reduce your chances of developing a root canal problem in the first place.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to schedule an appointment.