Root canal procedures are known to be painful, and everyone knows they hurt. In fact, there’s a well-known phrase, “I’d rather have a root canal.” However, root canals don’t have to be painful. In fact, root canal treatments are generally painless when done by experts, like those who do root canals in Burlington, Ontario.
What is a root canal procedure and why is it done?
Inside the tooth is a well-like opening, which extends from just below the surface to the gum. In that well lies the ‘pulp’ – connective tissue and blood vessels that nourish the tooth as well as the nerve. Infections can occur because of deep decay in the tooth, previous dental procedures on the tooth, a crack, trauma or large fillings. Your first clue is a toothache.
The first step is to see a dentist, who will need to get an X-ray of the tooth. The dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic, even though the nerve in that tooth is dead. A hole is drilled in the top of the tooth and the dead nerve, bacteria and other debris are suctioned out. The root canal is cleaned and rinsed out. The hole is then sealed. Some dentists prefer to wait a few days before sealing the hole. During this time, they put a temporary seal in place. Others like to place the permanent seal right away.
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is to pull the tooth, which means putting in a bridge or a dental implant to keep the other teeth in line. It is far better to save the tooth if it can be done. Sometimes a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
Root canals in Burlington, Ontario, can be handled by the experts at Fielding Dental Healthcare in Burlington. You can contact them at Website url