Root Canal Therapy in Ottawa, ON
A root canal is a safe and simple treatment that can save a badly infected or damaged tooth. Instead of removing the tooth, the canal is cleaned and then filled to prevent any further bacteria from infecting the area. It can help to preserve your tooth without the need for a dental implant or more extensive work.
How Does it Work?
Inside your tooth is a soft core called the pulp. When a tooth is cracked, chipped, or has a deep enough cavity, bacteria can form inside the pulp area. Once this happens, the tooth can become seriously infected or form an abscess that can lead to a number of problems like bone loss and even complete tooth loss. So it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as any potential signs arise, before a dental emergency. Dentist professionals aim to spot and treat issues like this as early as possible.
What are the Symptoms?
Many patients experience tooth pain and sensitivity to temperatures as well as swelling around the gums, neck, and face. Some tell-tale signs include soft tissue changes, change in tooth colour from light to dark, drainage from infection, and any signs of cavities forming.
How is it Fixed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to your oral health to come see us before any further damage can form at Dow’s Lake Dental in Little Italy. Dentists at our Preston Street location will thoroughly inspect your tooth to detect any potential rot or infection. If decay is found, a root canal therapy will likely be recommended to remove the diseased pulp. This non-surgical treatment usually involves a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort and is often completed in one or two visits depending on the condition of the tooth.
During the procedure, the dentist will gain direct access to the pulp chamber to remove any of the diseased pulp and clean it thoroughly before filling. Sometimes medication is put into the tooth to clear up any infections and may be left to drain for several days, depending on the extent of the damage. And once it is ready for filling, your dentist will seal the opening of the tooth to prevent any future infections from forming.
After the procedure is completed, you will be able to drive home and resume your normal activities with a healthy smile courtesy of our dentist. Little Italy is the location for our Downtown Ottawa dentist on Preston Street so you’ll be able to sample some of the local food once the numbness has worn off.