Root Canal Treatment
Why do I need a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected. Infection of the pulp can be caused by serious decay, trauma to the tooth, cracks and chips or when repeated dental procedures are performed on a tooth. In this case the injury or decay makes it way through the enamel of your tooth into the dental soft pulp which is the innermost layer of the tooth. In case of an abscessed tooth, the infection spreads past the root ends of the tooth. Symptoms of the infection include swelling of the tooth, visible injury, sensitivity to temperature, inflammation or pain in the tooth and gums. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, a root canal treatment is often recommended.
How is a Root Canal Treatment performed?
A root canal treatment typically requires one or two visits. Dr. Gill will first open the tooth and remove any infected and injured tissues within the tooth. Root canal files are used to clean the decayed pulp and nerves. A cleansing solution may also be used to clear away any remaining debris or infection in the tooth. Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned they are filled with a medicated material.
Dr. Gill will then cap the treated tooth with a permanent restoration. If the decayed area is localized and small, we may be able to restore the tooth with a filling. For more extensive decay, a crown is usually used to cover the tooth and provide it with extra protection and support.
What to expect after a Root Canal Therapy?
Dr. Gill uses all the advanced techniques and tools to make sure that your root canal treatment is completed with minimal discomfort.
Some soreness is expected after the treatment which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Once the area has been healed from the infection, you should return to your normal eating, brushing and flossing routine.
Our team at Gill dental works hard to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience, each time you visit our office.
If you have any further questions regarding the procedure, call our office today and we will be more than happy to answer all your queries!