Root canal treatment is used to treat an infection in the centre of the tooth resulting from extensive tooth decay (when a cavity has been left untreated), leaky fillings, or teeth that have been damaged due to trauma.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove bacteria and dead tissue in order to save the tooth. Although root canals have a history of being uncomfortable, modern technology has made this treatment much easier – not all that more difficult than a typical filling.
Root canal infections cannot be treated with antibiotics. However, antibiotics can help reduce infection to allow the anesthetic to work during the procedure. The bacteria has to be physically removed with a root canal treatment.
At Willow Dental, our root canal treatment involves cleaning and sealing the tooth in order to relieve pain and eliminate infection. Without root canal treatment, tissue becomes infected and abscesses can form. Root canal therapy has a high success rate of more than 95%. Teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime in some cases.
An X-ray will be used to determine whether a bacterial infection has damaged the pulp, in which case a root canal procedure will be needed. Symptoms include pain during eating (biting or chewing), swollen gums, the presence of pus, facial swelling and a discoloured tooth.
Root canal therapy can be completed in as few as two visits to our clinic. We’ll first provide a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth. After this, the root canal treatment is completed in a few simple steps. We create a small opening in the top part of the tooth in order to remove damaged pulp and clean the tooth. We then close the opening with a temporary filling while you wait comfortably for a permanent crown to replace it. The last step is performed after a couple of weeks, wherein the dentist will place a permanent crown on top of the tooth.
Following your root canal, it is important to stay on top of your oral health by brushing twice a day.
Willow Dental has been providing dentistry services for over 50 years. Some of our patients and their families have been with us since the beginning.
Willow Dental has assembled a team of dentistry professionals committed to providing the oral care you need. We use cutting-edge technology in a comfortable, welcoming environment.
Our staff will go out of their way to thoroughly explain procedures, answer questions, and make you feel at ease before, during, and after treatment. Our office is designed with your comfort in mind – you will feel at home here.
In addition to root canal therapy, we offer a number of other dentistry services in Mississauga, including:
Choose Willow Dental if you are looking for quality dental services, attentive care and a positive dental experience in Mississauga. We also offer complimentary consultations.Back