Root Canal Therapy in Ottawa, ON
Root canal therapy can save a severely infected or damaged tooth. Instead of removing the tooth, the canal is cleaned and then sealed 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, containing a nerve and blood vessels. The pulp only serves a function during tooth formation, and after that it starts to shrink slowly. When a tooth is cracked, chipped, or has a deep enough cavity, bacteria can form inside the pulp area. Once this happens, the tooth and bone surrounding the root 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 decay or infection. If an infection is found, a root canal therapy will likely be recommended to remove the diseased pulp. This non-surgical treatment is often completed in one or two visits depending on the condition of the tooth.
Prior to beginning, we’ll be sure to numb the area so you won’t feel a thing throughout the procedure. For additional comfort, we also offer dental sedation. During the procedure, your dentist will gain direct access to the pulp chamber and remove the diseased pulp. Any infection will be removed and we’ll clean it thoroughly before filling the tooth. Finally, your dentist will seal the opening of the tooth to prevent any future infections from forming.
After the procedure is completed, you’ll 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy typically takes one to two appointments lasting 1-2 hours each. The duration of the treatment time depends on several factors, such as the amount of infection and decay. For a more accurate timeframe, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. El-Hawary by calling (613) 406-6464.
During the consultation, Dr. El-Hawary will examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a more accurate time frame.
Does root canal therapy hurt?
Prior to root canal therapy, Dr. El-Hawary will numb your tooth and gums so you won’t feel a thing throughout the procedure. We also offer dental sedation for added comfort. After the treatment, you can expect to feel some sensitivity. However, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen and a cold compress.
If your pain persists longer than a week, contact our Ottawa office so we can investigate your pain and ensure the infection didn’t come back.
What can I eat after root canal therapy?
Following root canal therapy, you’ll want to wait until the numbing has worn off before having your first meal. Eat soft foods and chew away from the procedural site. Recommended food choices include:
You’ll also want to make sure to avoid hot food and beverages, avoid drinking through straws, and refrain from smoking for the first 72 hours.