In the past, teeth with diseased nerves often had to be removed. But thanks to advances in root canal therapy, dentists today are often able to salvage diseased teeth. If your tooth is severely damaged or decayed, come to Summerland Dental Centre. Our Summerland, BC dental practice offers services in endodontics and root canals designed to preserve our patients’ teeth.
DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR TEETH
Even if your teeth seem badly diseased, we may be able to help. If we determine that you’re a good candidate for root canal therapy, we’ll take the time to explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have about your treatment. And during your appointment, you’ll benefit from our thorough approach.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. For detailed information and pictures on Root Canal Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms click on the CAESY printout forms below.
What does Root Canal therapy involve?
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
Is Root Canal Treatment my Only Alternative?
While root canal therapy is the only way to save a tooth with an infected pulp, sometimes it may not be the best alternative. There may be times when an extraction is necessary if there is not enough tooth structure remaining to restore for a predictable long-term prognosis. In these situations it may be necessary to discuss tooth replacement alternatives such as dental implants.