Painless Procedure to Restore Your Dental Health
One of the most common and unnecessarily feared procedures in dentistry is root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy.
The pulp inside your teeth is made up of blood vessels and nerves. If this pulp becomes infected due to tooth decay, cracks, or other trauma, it can cause severe toothaches and sensitivity. When this happens, a dentist can perform a root canal to eliminate this discomfort, get rid of the infection, and save your tooth. Once your tooth is fully anesthetized, the dentist will remove the diseased pulp, cleaning out and disinfecting the decay. The canals and chambers of the tooth are then filled and sealed, with a temporary or permanent filling being placed. To protect the affected tooth, a crown might be placed over it.
Dr. Goldstein’s experience and knowledge of root canals puts you in the best possible hands in Toronto. Root canal therapy can take from one to three visits, depending on the severity of the infection. As the pulp inside the tooth is not necessary for normal function, removing it will cause no long-term effects or danger to your future dental health.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of the infection. If you have a major toothache, intense sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling near the gums, a discolouration on the tooth, or pain because of chewing, you might need to have a root canal. Please make an appointment at our dental office immediately and Dr. Goldstein will work to relieve any discomfort root canal symptoms are causing you to restore your tooth to health.
What is the Procedure Like?
A root canal has a reputation for being an uncomfortable procedure, but the reality is that with proper anesthesia (freezing), it is quite painless. You should not feel any pain during the procedure. If you do, please inform your dentist immediately and they can inject more freezing into your gums. The real pain of a root canal, (a toothache) comes before you reach the dental office, and your dentist will be able to help relieve that pain quickly and easily.
What is the Recovery Time?
Although you may feel some discomfort and dull pain after the procedure, this can easily be controlled with regular strength pain medication. Due to the trauma, there might also be some swelling in the area where the root canal was performed. After a few days, the pain will fade and you will be left with a fully-functioning and strong tooth. If you continue to feel pain or discomfort, come to the dental office and we will take a look to make sure that everything is ok.
What Do Root Canals Cost?
Root canal therapy is generally considered an essential dental procedure, so they should be at least partially covered by your dental insurance. Although you might think that it could be cheaper just to remove the affected tooth, this can actually be more expensive in the long run, as many dental health complications can arise from missing teeth.
If you have a toothache and believe that you have a root canal emergency, please call our dental office for an appointment at 416-224-8300. Dr. Goldstein offers emergency dental services, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.