Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy (also known as endodontics treatment) removes infected or dead pulp from patient’s tooth. Root Canal Therapy is a good alternative to tooth extraction and it can save you from loosing your tooth. Broadway Dental is your Vancouver root canal specialist so if you have any questions regarding your dental issues, do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment with your Vancouver dentist!
Root canal treatment may require several visits of your Vancouver dentist or endodontist. The restored tooth can last even for a lifetime if you maintain a proper dental care and go for regular check-ups to your dentist.
Beneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp tissue. While a tooth’s pulp tissue includes nerve fibers, it is additionally made up of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissues. Each tooth’s nerve enters the tooth at the very tip of its roots. From there, the nerve runs through the centre of the root in small “canals,” which join up with the tooth’s pulp chamber. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the closure of the root. A tooth has at least one but not more than four root canals.
Signs that you might need root canal therapy
There are many factors why your tooth’s pulp may become infected. This may be due to a deep cavity, fractures, chronic irritation to the pulp, tooth stress or injury. Any of these conditions may permit bacteria to seep in and your tooth can become infected. Damaged or necrotic pulp can cause increased blood flow and the pressure cannot be relieved from within the tooth. Pain in the tooth is often felt when biting down, chewing and applying hot or cold foods and drinks.
Root canal treatment process
Root Canal Therapy is a process done to save the damaged or necrotic pulp in the root canal of the tooth by clearing out the infected pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is then filled with a rubberlike substance called gutta-percha to stop recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed.
Depending on the state and location of the tooth, a crown is most likely needed. Dr. Shayesteh will discuss the choice of restoration that is best for the patient. With the proper restoration, care and regular dental visits, the tooth may last a lifetime, enabling patients to keep the original tooth.