What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is similar to a filling in that it’s designed to remove the decayed parts of the tooth and replace them with an artificial material. However, most fillings only deal with cavities that reach through the enamel and into the dentin. A root canal treats cavities that penetrate past the enamel and dentin, infecting the core of the tooth, known as the nerve or the pulp.
Root canals are a safe and effective way to save a tooth.
In most cases, there are two options once the pulp has been infected; either pull the tooth or perform a root canal. Having a tooth pulled can have negative impacts on your oral health in the long-run. Each of your teeth is important to keep the other teeth in alignment. If one of your teeth is missing, other teeth can shift into the empty space.
A root canal is the only way to treat a tooth with an infected pulp without negatively impacting your other teeth.
What to Expect From a Root Canal
The dentist will remove the decayed parts of the tooth, cleaning out the remaining space. Once the inside of the tooth is clean, your dentist will fill the tooth.
Sometimes, a root canal can change the shape or structure of a tooth. To counteract this, your dentist may schedule another appointment to place a crown over the altered tooth. The crown will help strengthen the tooth while making it look like the rest of your natural teeth.
Choose Country Hills Dental Centre for Your Root Canal
The dentists at Country Hills Dental have the experience, training, and resources to ensure your comfort and oral health. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about your dental needs.