At Dr. Rachel Navaneelan & Associates in Cornwall, our dentists perform root canals to save a damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal, your dentist removes diseased blood vessels, nerves and other tissues from inside of a damaged tooth. Left untreated, these damaged teeth would die and need to be pulled.
To start, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next, the inner chamber will be cleaned and disinfected, then filled with medicated material to prevent infection. To complete the procedure, your dentist will typically cap the tooth with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Benefits of a Root Canal
To help relieve your symptoms, save your natural tooth and limit the need for more extensive dental work in the future, your dentist will perform a root canal.
Eliminating bacteria and decay from the inner tooth keeps infection from spreading. The healthy portion of the tooth is also restored.
Most patients who have root canals done experience little pain or discomfort, and enjoy a restored tooth. Provided the tooth is properly cared for, most teeth treated with root canals can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team will be able to diagnose the issue, and determine treatment.
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums