Root Canal Treatment & Root Canal Therapy, Scarborough
Root Canal treatment is recommended by your dentist when your pulp, the blood or nerve supply of the tooth, is infected through decay or injury.
Having Root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than pulling it, thus, helps from preventing your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. It is a skilled and time consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and any abscesses can be drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled. In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is very broken down, a post may be required to build it up prior to placing a crown.
How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.
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