How much do you know about root canal therapy? At Hamilton Smiles, we’re sure that the more you know, the more positive you will feel. This treatment is responsible for saving an infected tooth so that it will not need to be extracted. That’s a big advantage. After all, a missing tooth is a cosmetic concern, it causes your other teeth to shift, your jaws to become misaligned, and may make chewing more challenging.
The first thing that is often not known about our Hamilton root canal is that is not surgery. No cutting is done, nor are stitches needed afterward. Another misconception is that it is a scary procedure. While there may have been some truth to that a very long time ago, the reality now is quite different. You will be numbed sufficiently with local anesthesia in advance. And our Hamilton root canal is performed using advanced techniques and modern equipment to ensure the best possible experience. In fact, we’re told by our patients that there was very little to no discomfort at all during the procedure. Here’s how it works: our dentist needs access to the inside of your tooth, down at the base. That’s where the infected tissue that is causing you problems is located. To do so, the top portion of the tooth, where there is no nerve, and so no pain, is drilled. The pulp and nerve are taken out, and the next step is to clean and disinfect the canals, after which they are sealed. This is done to prevent future infection. When your tooth heals, the final step is to get a crown fitted, so that your tooth is protected, and is restored to its usual size, appearance, and function.
The signs that indicate you may need our Hamilton root canal include tooth pain, sensitivity, gum tenderness, and tooth discoloration. Don’t hesitate to call us so that we can have you examined, evaluated, and treated in a timely manner.