At Brooks Landing Dental in Nanaimo, 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 procedure, your dentist removes diseased nerves, blood vessels and other tissues from the interior of your damaged tooth. Without a root canal, the damaged tooth would die and need to be pulled.
To begin, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from your tooth, then clean and disinfect its inner chamber. The tooth will then be filled with medicated material to prevent infection. To conclude the procedure, the dentist would typically cap your tooth with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal treatment can help save your natural tooth, relieve painful symptoms and limit the need for future, more extensive dental work.
When your dentist removes decay and bacteria from inside your tooth, the spread of infection is stopped, and the healthy part of the tooth is restored.
Most patients who have root canals done experience little pain or discomfort, and enjoy a restored tooth. With proper care, a majority of teeth that have been treated with a root canal can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Please contact us if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below. Our dental team will be able to diagnose the issue, and determine the correct treatment.
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Swelling and/or tenderness