Root canal treatment is designed to save a tooth that may otherwise need to be extracted. A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected. This may manifest in symptoms such as throbbing pain in the tooth or jaw, in response to hot or cold, or throbbing at night. The aching usually persists for minutes or even hours.
During a root canal at our Grande Prairie dental office, Dr. Gaultier will create a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. This is where the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth are. From the pulp chamber, the root canals are located and then are cleaned and shaped to remove any infected debris. Lastly, the root canal is filled with a rubbery type material called gutta percha to seal the root canals off from being contaminated in the future.
The most important thing you can do to ensure a successful root canal outcome is to not delay seeking treatment in the first place. Waiting longer allows the infection to become more established and can lead to further complications. Also, if the root canal is needed due to a cavity, and the cavity is allowed to keep growing, the tooth may become so weak that it may not be able to be restored. This would require the removal of the tooth. Early treatments always have the best outcomes.
Care for your treated tooth is the same as with your other teeth. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups with Dr. Gaultier, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.