If the nerve of your tooth has become infected, you require the services of an emergency dentist in Oshawa. Housing nearly a decade of combined dental experienced under one roof, Conlin Dentistry can handle any oral care emergency you may have. We are highly experienced in root canal therapy, and would be honoured to be your new dentist in Oshawa!

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What is root canal therapy?

Performed by an emergency dentist, root canal therapy is the process of removing infected, injured, or dead “pulp” from your tooth. Root canal therapy targets the root canal system, which is found within the hard layers of each tooth and comprised of soft dental pulp, nerves, and blood vessels that allow your tooth to grow and develop.

If germs penetrate your tooth via cavities, cracks, or fractured fillings, your tooth may become abscessed. This means that the pulp of the tooth has become infected, and will need to be removed.

An abscessed tooth usually causes pain and swelling. Your emergency dentist in Oshawa will usually administer an x-ray in order to confirm that root canal therapy is needed. When neglected, an abscessed tooth can cause severe oral health issues.

What can I expect from my root canal therapy appointment?

Root canal therapy involves removing the infected or dead pulp or nerve from the tooth and cleaning the roots from the inside. The dentist fills the canal to prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth, and seals the hole in the tooth with filling material. Root canals help you to keep the tooth rather than having it pulled out and replaced. In certain circumstances, it is recommended that root canal teeth be protected by a crown. This is because after removing the nerve, the tooth is fragile and can easily fracture function.

The process can typically be summarized in six steps:

  • The dentist gives you a local anesthetic to freeze the area.
  • Your emergency dentist places a rubber dam around the tooth being treated to protect the treatment area from the bacteria in your saliva.
  • An opening is made in the tooth so that your emergency dentist can reach the root canal system and affected pulp.
  • Using very fine instruments, your emergency dentist cleans and enlarges the root canal system, removing the damaged pulp.
  • The dentist fills and seals the canal once it has been fully cleaned.
  • Finally, the opening of the tooth will be sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.

What is the recovery process like?

Root canal therapy is typically finished in 1 or 2 appointments. Your tooth may remain tender for one or two weeks, but serious pain or swelling is not common and should be reported to your emergency dentist right away.

Even after your root canal treatment has been completed, you remain at risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Root canal therapy does not protect your tooth from these other types of damage. However, with proper maintenance and compliance with an oral health regimen, the tooth that undergoes root canal therapy can last as long as the rest of your smile.

If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy, or book your appointment with an emergency dentist in Oshawa, then call 905-576-8222 now or use our online contact form.