Eliminate pain from damaged roots with Root Canal Therapy in Vancouver!
Root canal therapy is a relatively minor procedure used to replace the damaged root of a tooth, saving the tooth and eliminating the need for an extraction. Its reputation for causing pain is entirely undeserved—in fact, it’s very similar to receiving a routine filling.
Anything that causes significant damage to the tooth may also cause severe root damage. Decay, cracking, and physical trauma are all capable of destroying a root, which will lead to tooth loss if not treated promptly. Root canal therapy is preferable over an extraction when the root is unsalvageable but the tooth is still relatively intact. In addition to being more cost-effective, a root canalled tooth is generally lower maintenance than a prosthetic, and maintains the look, feel, and function of the natural tooth.
Root canal therapy requires only one or two trips to the dentist, and both the procedure itself and the recovery process should be nearly painless. The dentist will begin by freezing the affected tooth; the nerve within the root will then be removed and the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected. A rubberlike material called gutta-percha will then be used to replace the missing nerve, and a crown or filling will be used to seal the hole.
After the root canal, you will be able to bite, chew, and speak totally normally. The tooth should last for many years, and may never require further treatment.