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Here at Marks Dentistry, we are dedicating today’s blog to your root canal therapy FAQs.

Have questions or concerns about root canal treatment? Look no further; we cover everything you need (and want!) to know.

Your Root Canal Therapy FAQs: What is the Definition of a Root Canal? 

Root canal therapy, also commonly referred to as “endodontic therapy”, is defined as “an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. It can also be required in other situations to help save and restore a tooth.”

Root canals are routinely and successfully performed by dentists across the entirety of Canada and the rest of the globe; it is considered to be the most viable option for saving teeth (or a singular tooth) that has suffered significant damage and has, in turn, become infected.

What Does the Treatment Entail?

What does a root canal treatment entail? Well, your dentist here at Marks Dentistry will divide it into the following steps:

  • Ahead of the treatment, your dentist will physically examine your mouth and a radiograph of the tooth (or teeth) in question using X-rays
  • From there, your dentist will administer local anesthetic to ensure that your discomfort is kept to a minimum throughout the procedure
  • Once you have confirmed to your dentist that the tooth in question is numbed, your dentist will place a dental dam over the area to both isolate the tooth and to keep it clean and dry while it is being worked on
  • To thoroughly remove the injured and/or infected tissue (otherwise known as “pulp”) from both the tooth’s crown and roots, your dentist will make an opening in the crown of your tooth before removing the entirety of the pulp using small dental instruments
  • The interior of your tooth will then be disinfected and reshaped for the upcoming filling
  • This step is followed by the filling of the root canal, which is placed using an adhesive cement to ensure that your tooth is completely sealed. Oftentimes, a temporary filling is used to close the opening and is removed by your dentist later before the tooth is restored 
  • After your final visit with your dentist, which is a separate appointment, your dentist will complete the restoration to restore full functionality to your tooth 

Root canal therapy takes, on average, two appointments to complete; each appointment usually takes between thirty and sixty minutes. 

How to Know If You Need Root Canal Therapy

While your dentist will always be the one to determine what type of surgery you require (or if another treatment type would best suit your oral health concerns), there are seven telltale symptoms of needing a root canal.

These root canal symptoms are:

  • Persistent and abrupt pain in your teeth, jaw, and/or face
  • A sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Swollen and/or bleeding gums
  • Tooth discolouration (namely black or gray)
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • A feeling of looseness in one or more teeth

Lastly, One of Your Most Common Root Canal Therapy FAQs: Are Root Canals Painful?

Thanks to modern technology (including powerful and targeted localized numbing capabilities), root canal therapy involves only minimal discomfort. In the hours and days after your treatment, you may experience mild soreness in the treated area; your dentist will advise on approved over-the-counter pain medications and brushing habits that will ease this sooner rather than later.

Have more root canal therapy FAQs for us? Contact us today to have them answered. 

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