root canal therapy
Root canal treatment (Endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. This can happen after:
- Tooth decay
- Leaking fillings
- Damage to the teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall
When root canal treatment is needed
Root canal treatment is required when dental x-rays detect that the pulp has been damaged by a bacterial infection. The pulp will begin to die if it’s infected by bacteria, allowing the bacteria to then multiply and spread.
The symptoms of a pulp infection include:
- Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drink
- Discomfort when biting or chewing
- Loose tooth/teeth
- Swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
- Pus oozing from the infected tooth
- Facial swelling
- Tooth discoloration
As the infection progresses, these symptoms often disappear as the pulp dies. Your tooth then appears to have healed, but the infection has in fact spread through the root canal system.
It’s important to see your dentist if you develop a
How Root Canal Therapy is Performed
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria needs to be removed. This can be done by either:
- Removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment), or removing the tooth entirely (extraction).
- Removing the tooth is not generally recommended as it is better to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown (which is the case in most treatments). Crowns bring back the strength of the tooth and prevent fractures that can frequently lead to extraction.
Before having root canal treatment, you’ll usually be given a local anesthetic. This means the procedure shouldn’t be painful and should be no more unpleasant than having a filling.
cavities & fillings
When it comes to cavities, we believe that early intervention is key — enabling you to save money on treatment and improve the longevity of the tooth over time. This is one of the reasons that regular visits to the dentist is important, as every check-up includes procedures which can identify the issue before it becomes problematic.
Unless specified, we use white fillings for their conservative approach and bonding capabilities. Aesthetically speaking, white fillings blend in with the natural tooth and are virtually invisible to the untrained eye.
District Dental is proud to use Admira Fusion (BPA Free) — an all-ceramic based material free of classic monomers used in traditional resin composites. Although safety of other composite materials is well proven, the use of Admira Fusion eliminated any possibility of even trace amounts of BPA by-products which can be left behind after the filling is set.