Root Canal Treatments
Having Root Canal Treatment in Burlington
Although a root canal treatment may sound intimidating and complicated, the process is actually similar to getting a filling. As part of One Family Dental’s philosophy to a comfortable and pain-free dental experience, we use local anesthetic to numb the affected area during root canals, and upon completion of treatment, you will feel immediate pain relief.
How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may indicate you need to be assessed for Root Canal treatment:
- Severe or lingering pain to cold/hot food and drinks
- Swellings or “gum blisters” noted anywhere inside the cheeks or gums
- Pain on biting
- Ongoing persistent discomfort associated with a particular tooth
- Vague pain sometimes spreading or radiating around the jaws or ears
When is a Root Canal done?
Inside every tooth is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected because of bacteria due to tooth decay, damage to the tooth, or numerous procedures done on the same tooth. When the pulp of the tooth is inflamed or infected, pain usually results.
A root canal treatment involves removing the pulp and cleaning the infection inside the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled with a natural material and sealed with a crown. This whole process is quite fast and generally takes only 1-2 visits with our dentists. Most people also recover from the whole procedure in as little as 2-3 days.
Importance of Root Canals
If an inflamed or infected tooth is left untreated over time, it can result in worsening of pain/symptoms, or spread of the tooth infection into the surrounding tissues. It also increases the risk of losing your tooth, and needing either an extraction or replacement of the tooth (such as a dental implant). To preserve your natural teeth, book an appointment with one of our dentists at One Family Health for a comprehensive dental assessment.