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Everything You Want To Know About Root Canal Treatment

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes

infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the

tooth is cleaned and sealed. This procedure is also known as endodontic therapy.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, the dentist will access the inside of the tooth through the crown. Next, they will remove the nerve and pulp from inside the tooth. Once this is done, they will clean and seal the inside of the tooth. In some cases, a dental crown may also be placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

There are many reasons why you may need a root canal. The most common reason is because the tooth has become infected or decayed. Other reasons include:

-A cracked or chipped tooth

-An injury to the tooth

-Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth

What Are the Benefits of Having a Root Canal Treatment?

There are many benefits of having a root canal. The most obvious benefit is that it saves your tooth from being extracted. Other benefits include:

-It eliminates pain from an infected or decayed tooth.

-It prevents further infection by removing bacteria from inside the tooth.

-It strengthens the tooth by sealing off any weak areas inside the tooth.

-It improves your oral health overall by keeping your teeth healthy and strong.

What Happens If The Infected Tooth Is Not Treated?

If the infection is not treated, it can cause an abscess (a pus-filled pocket) to form at the end of the tooth & roots. An abscess can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone. An abscess can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

How Is a Root Canal Treatment Performed?

Root canals are usually performed by general dentists or endodontists in one or more visits, depending on how complex they are. During treatment, your dentist will make an opening in your tooth so that the pulp can be removed.

Once the pulp has been removed, your dentist will clean, disinfect, and fill the root canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. In some cases, a metal or plastic post may also be

placed in the root canal to help support your tooth. After the root canal has been filled, your dentist will seal off the opening with a temporary or permanent filling.

What Should I Expect After Treatment?

Most people feel relief from their symptoms after having a root canal but may experience some

discomfort for a few days afterward. It is important to take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed and avoid chewing on hard foods until your mouth has healed completely. Your dentist will likely schedule a follow-up visit to check on your progress and determine if you need any additional


A root canal is nothing to be afraid of! It is a relatively common procedure that is performed by the general dentists or endodontists to save an infected tooth. Root canals are often thought of as being painful, but thanks to modern technology and anesthesia, they are usually no more painful than having a cavity filled. With proper care, your restored tooth could last a lifetime!

If you are experiencing pain from an infected tooth or have any questions or concerns regarding if your tooth might require a root canal treatment, please contact our office at 905-823-7855 or email us at

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