What is a Root Canal?
A root canal procedure involves the removal of any decay, bacteria, and nerves from a severely damaged tooth. At Hunter Dental, our Markham dentists use root canals to try and repair damaged teeth and restore their function.
Preserving Natural Teeth
If the nerves inside your tooth become infected or start to decay, our Markham dentists will typically perform a root canal procedure to try and repair it and save your tooth.
Without a root canal, the root of a damaged tooth will die, normally requiring your dentist to extract it. Removing a tooth is not typically the best solution as it can cause other issues for your surrounding teeth.
When your dentist removes the decay and roots from the damaged tooth, they will normally fill the space with a rubber-based material to seal it. The tooth will typically be covered with a dental crown to protect it. This might help to restore the function of the tooth.
What are the signs?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign that you could need a root canal.
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Hot and cold sensitivity
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness
Visit your dentist to discuss your concerns. They should be able to diagnose the issue and determine if a root canal is required, or may recommend other treatment options.