Brookswood and Langley, BC dentist saves teeth with root canals
Most adults have 32 “permanent” teeth. That sounds like a lot, but each one plays an important role in oral function. Dr. Harpreet Aulakh and her team at Smile365 Dental in and around Brookswood and Langley, BC are passionate about helping you keep your natural teeth for life. In many cases, root canals make that possible.
When is root canal therapy necessary?
The roots of a tooth extend into jawbone to anchor the crown, giving it the stability necessary for chewing. There is a hollow at the center of the tooth filled (pulp chamber) with vascular and nerve tissues. Nerves extend through canals to the tips of roots.
When the hard, outer structure of a tooth is compromised, oral bacteria make their way to the pulp chamber causing infection, inflammation, and painful pressure. This situation may be the result of:
- Untreated decay or a cavity hidden beneath old dental work
- Trauma – even a tiny fracture or chip
- A blow to the face, many years ago, that damaged nerves
- Repeated drilling on a tooth
Root canal therapy involves removal of the pulp and nerves, while leaving the hard structure of the tooth intact.
Root canals: A straightforward procedure in the Brookswood and Langley, BC area
While you may have heard exaggerated stories about root canal therapy, endodontic treatment is nothing to fear. It is about like getting a filling; the appointment just takes a little longer.
Dr. Aulakh begins by getting you out of discomfort. Your mouth is thoroughly numbed, bringing quick relief. The tooth is opened, alleviating pressure. The doctor removes decay and damaged tooth structure. Then, using endodontic instruments, pulp and nerves are removed. Canals are sanitized and sealed. Then the tooth is protected with a temporary composite crown.
Antibiotics or pain medication may be prescribed, but patients typically recover quickly from the procedure. You return in a few weeks to have the interim restoration removed and replaced with a lustrous porcelain crown, which protects the tooth from further damage.
With good oral hygiene and regular checkups at Smile365 Dental, the root canal tooth can last a long as any other tooth in your mouth.
Do you have an intermittent toothache, unusual temperature sensitivity, or tenderness when you bite down? Or is your face swollen and the pain acute? Do not wait! Call (604) 409-8660 for gentle root canals at Smile365 Dental in Langley, near Brookswood, BC.