Dentistry with Grace

111-511 Clarke Rd • Coquitlam, BC • V3J 0J1 

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Dental Centre

Root canal therapy saves the tooth

What causes a toothache?

A tooth is made of pulp (also known as nerve tissue) on the inside and enamel and dentin on the outside. Decay, abscess, infection, cracks, and fractures are common ways that a nerve can become diseased or injured. When these injuries are severe enough, the tooth is unable to repair itself and the nerve inside of it dies. Once the nerve is no longer responsive, bacteria are able to invade and multiply inside and in the bone that surrounds the tooth.A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth, develops infection. The infection can have a variety of causes, including a crack in the tooth, repeated dental work, or deep decay. If left untreated, the bacteria will damage the interior of the tooth and the bone surrounding the tooth-often a painful condition known as an abscess. If the infected pulp tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.

signs a tooth needs a root canal?

If you are suffering from a severe toothache when chewing, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration, swelling or a bump on your gums that will not go away,these may be signs that your tooth's nerve is damaged. The type of pain experienced is spontaneous, constant and not well-relieved by an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Only after all other dental treatment options have been considered, will a root canal be recommended because it the absolute last resort option at our practice to save the tooth from extraction.

What is involved in root canal treatment?

Dr.Grace Chun offers root canal treatment to help repair and save your damaged or decayed tooth. With her gentle and calm chairside manner, Dr.Grace Chun works to alleviate any fears and stress you may have about your root canal. A root canal is a fairly simple procedure. First, a small hole is made through the chewing surface of the tooth in order to access the nerve and blood vessel within. Next, the diseased pulp tissues are removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleansed, disinfected, and shaped to hold a filling. The inside of the cleaned empty canals of the tooth is precisely filled with a plant-based material called gutta percha. Finally, the tooth is filled in preparation for a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. Sometimes, a temporary filling is placed for several weeks to ensure that the tooth is responding well to the root canal therapy. Antibiotic treatment may also be required in conjunction with root canal therapy. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Our root canal services are performed with a high level of quality and attention to detail. Trust the dental centre that truly cares about creating beautiful healthy smiles for life.