Save Your Tooth at Alba Dental Centre
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Losing a tooth can negatively affect your daily life including how you eat, speak, and smile. Today, a special dental procedure called root canal therapy can save your tooth. Root canal therapy is a relatively simple procedure performed over one to three visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
Our dentists proudly offer their years of expertise to patients in London, ON as well as surrounding areas including Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Ingersoll. Read on to learn how root canal therapy can save your tooth.
What’s Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is a restorative treatment used to save and treat a severely infected tooth. The procedure involves removing all infected and decayed tooth material, including the nerve of the tooth. Fortunately, a tooth’s nerve isn’t vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve won’t affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue isn’t removed, pain and swelling can result. Not only does it injure your jawbone, but it’s also detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
When you choose to undergo a root canal treatment, you’re also receiving a wide variety of benefits for not only your oral health but your overall health, as well. Benefits include:
- Enhanced oral health
- Better overall health
- Saves your teeth from extraction
- Prevents infections from returning
Signs & Symptoms of Infected Tooth
These are some of the common signs that you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothache
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures
It’s important to remember that teeth that require root canal therapy aren’t always painful. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, call our London office at (519) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.
Root Canal Therapy Process
Before you can undergo root canal therapy, you’ll attend an initial consultation with one of our skilled dentists. During your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral condition and the severity of the infection, take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and go over your medical history. If your dentist deems root canal therapy necessary, they will create your treatment plan. Root canal therapy can be easily completed in one to three visits.
You’ll return to our London, ON office at a later date to get started on your procedure. During your treatment, one of our dentists will remove the affected tissues. Afterward, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. From there, your tooth is filled with a dental composite filling to reinforce the tooth and prevent infections from returning again.
If your tooth has extensive decay, we may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups at our Alba Dentre Centre office, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the root canal procedure painful?
No! Root canal therapy is painless and won’t cause much discomfort. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site before your treatment and apply your sedative of choice if you choose to have one. This is to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure.
How long does root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy can take around 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete. Depending on the severity of your infection, our Ontario dentists can complete your treatment in one to three visits at our London, ON office. There are certain factors that will affect how long your treatment will take. During your initial consultation, your dentist will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your treatment plan and timeline.
Save Your Smile, Schedule Your Appointment Today!
You don’t have to deal with tooth pain any longer. If you’re suffering from a tooth infection and want to preserve your teeth and smile, our dentists can help. At Alba Dental Centre, our skilled dental team provides root canal therapy to get rid of your tooth infection, save your natural teeth, and maintain your oral health.
To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call our London, ON office at (519) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also request your appointment by clicking the “schedule now” button below. We proudly offer services to the patients in London, ON as well as the surrounding areas including Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Ingersoll. We can’t wait to help you achieve your dream smile!