The Root Canal Treatment Plan
We have created a quick and effective treatment plan to relieve the pain of an infected or abscessed tooth while preserving your natural tooth.
Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
A Root Canal requires one or more office visits and is performed by either a dentist or an endodontist. The first step requires an x-ray of the tooth and the surrounding bone to assess the infection. Your specialist may prescribe antibiotics to help control infection and inflammation. The pressure from infected swelling is what makes an abscess so painful.
Prepping the Tooth
When we’re ready to perform the root canal, we will carefully numb the area before freezing your gums, teeth and the surrounding area. Your comfort and peace-of-mind are important to us. An access hole is drilled into the tooth. The pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and related debris are removed.
Sealing the Tooth
Depending on the severity of the abscess, we may put some medicine inside the tooth to completely clear up any infection. If the procedure requires multiple visits, a temporary filling will be applied. At this point, you will already feel some relief. Only when your tooth is thoroughly cleaned and health can it be permanently sealed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are root canals as painful as they say?
Thanks to modern technology, and our highly trained team of dentists and dental hygienists, root canal treatments now involve minimal to no pain at all.
Why does the pulp have to be removed? Can't I just take antibiotics?
By the time you realize you need a root canal, your tooth pulp and nerve have already begun to decay. This infected tissue will never fully heal and would only become infected again. Removing the pulp is the only safe option.
Do I need a root canal?
Some of the signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal are; severe toothaches while applying pressure or chewing, continued sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, discolouration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness of the gums. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms it is important to contact us so that we can examine your situation and decide if you are a candidate for a root canal procedure.
Are root canals covered by insurance?
You must contact your insurance provider to find out what they cover. After a consultation, we can provide you with an estimate to send to your provider. We strongly encourage you to make a root canal a high priority. Please speak to us if you feel any hesitation.
What causes the damage that leads to a root canal in the first place?
Damage can occur due to deep decay, trauma, a loose filling or crown or a crack or chip in the tooth. A root canal salvages your tooth and prevents the spread of infection.