Root Canal Therapy:
Root Canal Therapy is recommended when the living tissue inside the tooth called the pulp, is involved. A tooth has different layers, the outer layer, known as the enamel, the inner layer, known as dentine and the innermost layer, known as the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels which make the tooth viable. When decay progresses so deep that the pulp is involved, a root canal is required. Root Canal treatment is recommended to prevent extraction (loss of tooth), due to infection or decay. The dentist removes the infected pulp and fills the space with medicated dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Root Canal treatment is generally not painful; however, it is preferable that you implement and practice healthy oral care. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Brush and floss twice daily. Flossing and brushing AFTER breakfast and BEFORE bedtime, reduces the bacteria load in your mouth.
- Visit your Markham Dental Hygienist twice a year for a comprehensive exam and cleaning. Early detection and treatment of decayed teeth and compromised restorations can prevent the need for Root Canal treatment.
- Wear protective mouth gear such as NIGHT GUARDS and SPORTS GUARDS to reduce tooth injury.