At Arrowsmith Dental Group in Parksville, our dentists perform root canals to save a damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal, your dentist removes diseased tissues, nerves and blood vessels from the inside of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, dental problems flourish. Damaged teeth will die, and need to be extracted.
To begin, your dentist removes diseased tissue from the tooth, then cleans and disinfects the inner chamber. It is filled with medicated material to prevent infection from developing. To conclude the procedure, a dental restoration such as a dental crown will usually be placed.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal limits the need for more extensive dental work in the future. It also helps to save your natural tooth and relieve painful symptoms.
When your dentist removes decay and bacteria from inside the tooth, the spread of infection is stopped and the healthy portion of the tooth is restored.
For most patients, little pain or discomfort accompany a root canal, and they enjoy a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth which have had a root canal may last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Are you experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below? Contact us. Our dental team will diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums