Root Canal Treatment in Hamilton
A root canal treatment repairs and saves any damaged or infected teeth. There is a lot of stigma around the term “root canal,” which people often relate to an overly-painful procedure. The truth is, having a root canal performed isn’t any more uncomfortable than having a filling placed, and the treatment can save you from tooth loss now and in the future.
What is a Root Canal?
Beneath the white layer of tooth enamel and hard dentin layer, is soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and tissues which support the root during teeth development. In a fully formed tooth, the tooth can survive if it loses pulp because the surrounding gum tissue will feed it.
However, if the pulp becomes infected, you can experience extreme pain, bone or tooth loss. You may develop an abscess around the roots of your teeth, which if left untreated, can infect the bone. How does the pulp become infected?
- Untreated cavity or decay of the tooth
- Trauma to the tooth
- Tooth fracture
- Fractured or faulty crown that’s left untreated
- Repeated dental procedures that cause weak spots in the tooth
The bacteria that causes infection inside the pulp or around the roots only needs a small point of entry, and if you have untreated trauma or damage to a tooth, it can lead to infection.
In the past, it was common to simply pull out the tooth that was infected. We know today that saving an infected tooth is better for overall dental health. If you’re dealing with an infection, you might have pain or problems chewing. Root canal treatment can help.
Benefits of Treating a Root Canal
- Restores ability to chew
- Restores normal biting sensation and force
- Gives your mouth a natural appearance
- Prevents strain or wear on other teeth
- Prevents a gap in your teeth, which would need further treatment to repair with a dental bridge