Root Canals in Fort McMurray
Root Canal Therapy
When a patient experiences significant, sometimes sudden and intense dental pain, this often means the inner tooth has been infected. Bacteria enter the tooth through tiny holes arising from tooth decay. As bacteria weaken the enamel and dentin layers, they infect the long, thin strand of dental pulp containing nerves and blood vessels feeding the tooth itself. When a tooth’s pulp has been infected or injured by any sudden trauma, the nerves die. This process generally causes the most intense pain; however, without timely endodontic treatment, the tooth eventually dies as well. Receiving a root canal in Fort McMurray saves and protects teeth from further damage.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
Once an initial x-ray is taken to assess the shape of the root canal and to determine any presence of infection in the surrounding bone, the dentist or endodontist numbs the area near the tooth. Then, he or she generally places a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area dry. Once an access hole is drilled, the infected pulp and decayed nerve tissue is extracted with root canal files which act as tiny scrub brushes within the canals. Since nerves only provide a sense of hot and cold sensation to teeth, their removal poses no real problem to the tooth afterwards.
At this stage, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, then sealed. Occasionally, medication is inserted if an infection is prevalent. This may or may not delay the sealing process; if it does, a temporary filling is inserted until a permanent filling is used at the next appointment. After the tooth is filled, a crown restoration is generally performed so that the tooth is protected against any damage or breaking.
Patients should know that infected nerve pulp is the biggest source of pain; once it’s removed, a root canal is relatively painless.