root canals

When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to undergo further dental procedures. 

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop.

When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Dr. Williamson may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.

Root canal treatment follows these steps:

  •     You will receive a local anaesthetic (freezing)
  •     To protect your tooth from bacteria in your saliva during the treatment, we place a rubber dam around the tooth being treated
  •     An opening is made in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp
  •     Using very fine dental instruments, the pulp is removed by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system
  •     After the canal has been cleaned, it is disinfected, filled, and sealed
  •     The opening of the tooth is then sealed with a core filling

Dr. Williamson preforms root canals with speed, efficiency and precision. We will do everything we can to minimize your time in the chair at Aeir Dental and to keep you as comfortable as possible.

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