Why remove teeth when we can save them?! Root canal therapy resolves pain, saves damaged teeth

At Gloucester Family Dentistry, every effort is made to preserve teeth and to avoid the need for extraction or the removal of a decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth. Root canal therapy plays a vital role in this approach to restoring teeth from our office in Gloucester, Ottawa, Ontario.

The truth about root canals

Treatment of the root canals and tissues inside the tooth is among the most misunderstood dental procedures. It has an undeserved reputation for being painful. The reality is that root canal therapy relieves the pain caused by the conditions it treats: inflammation of the innermost pulp structure of the teeth. Since the pulp contains nerves, when it is damaged, patients often feel intense sensations of pain and pressure. The process of root canal treatment involves removing the nerves from the pulp. So, patients’ teeth no longer ache.

3D root Canal

Treatment also involves building up the strength of weak teeth that are vulnerable to further damage. By restoring the treated tooth, typically with a dental crown, it is preserved. Patients avoid the loss of the tooth and the need for costly tooth replacement with bridges, dentures, and implants.

What to expect

Think of this common, nonsurgical treatment as a deep cleaning for the insides of your tooth. One of our dentists, either Drs Fuad Tanha or Sami Kandalaft, will remove the diseased portion of the tooth and then clean and reshape the surrounding root canals. In doing so, our dentists give your tooth a fresh slate and a second chance. To aid in healing and protecting the treatment site, the area is sealed off with a gutta-percha material. Usually, a temporary crown is placed. As recommended, it is important to revisit our office promptly to restore the tooth with a permanent crown. The crown supports the long-term success of root canal treatment by preventing further damage that could result in the loss or removal of the treated tooth. We ensure comfort at every step of treatment with precise administration of anesthetic. You won’t feel anything but relief when in our dentists’ competent hands!

Tooth sensitivity. Lingering pain after biting down. Swelling. All of these problems could be indicative of dental damage that requires restorative treatment. Do not wait for concerns with your mouth to arise. Contact Gloucester Family Dentistry today to schedule a visit with Drs Tanha or Kandalaft. Our office in Gloucester, Ottawa, ON, can be reached at (613) 319-0845.

Many Happy Faces

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.