Root Canal Therapy

Also known as root canal therapy, endodontics is a complex procedure that the team at Dresden Dental has performed many times. For many people, the phrase “root canal” causes fear and panic. However, with constantly advancing technology, root canal therapy is safer, easier and more comfortable than ever before.

Why It’s Necessary
Your teeth are attached to the jaw by a root. This part of the tooth contains the soft inner flesh and nerve tissue called the pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, it must be treated as soon as possible to prevent an abscess or more serious damage.

Causes of Infection
The inner core of a tooth can become infected for many reasons. Lack of proper dental hygiene can cause cavities and bacterial growth. This results in decay which weakens the outer portion of the tooth and spreads inward to the pulp leading to nerve damage. Infection can also be the result of bacterial invasion due to trauma to the exterior tooth. A cracked or broken tooth is an example of exterior trauma.

If you become aware of constant pain, throbbing or ache in a tooth, it should be examined by a dentist immediately. Visual clues include, swelling, redness, discolouration, and bleeding. Sensitivity to hot and cold can also occur.

The Procedure
Dr. Khalaf will remove all the diseased and infected tissue through an opening he creates in the top of the tooth. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned in order to keep the tooth from becoming re-infected. The root canal cavity is then filled and a crown is placed over the tooth to restore it to a natural look and function.

Dr. Khalaf will set your mind at ease. He will explain the entire procedure in detail and answer all your questions. Any risks or alternatives will be discussed prior to performing a root canal. After your procedure is complete, you will be given instructions for after-care until your tooth has reached its full strength.

Dresden Dental provides endodontic services for residents living in Dresden, Chatham, Petrolia, and Wallaceburg.