Stoney Creek Root Canal Treatment

What is a Root Canal in Stoney Creek?

A root canal removes bacteria, nerves, and vessels from inside the pulp chamber of a badly decayed tooth, which is then filled and capped with a dental crown. This specific type of treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is only required in advanced forms of tooth decay.

Diagnosing A Root Canal in Stoney Creek

Many patients wait until they feel a constant throbbing pain, or have noticed a sore that is draining into the mouth before visiting the dentist. By this point, it’s likely that tooth decay has progressed into the tooths nerves and will require root canal treatment. Even at this stage, it is possible to undergo treatment and stall more serious effects of advanced tooth decay such as a dangerous infection or bone loss in the jaw.

To diagnose the cause of your pain, we will first ask you to describe the symptoms you have noticed and direct us to the areas in your mouth where you have felt pain. Dr. Rocci will then examine your mouth and look for signs of decay and infection. This will include looking for any bumps on the gums, which could be a draining site of an abscess at the root of the tooth.

An x-ray will be used to get a better picture of what is happening within the affected tooth. At this point, Dr. Rocci will be able to tell you the cause of your tooth pain, as cavities, gingivitis, wear facets, TMJ disorder or general tooth sensitivity, all of which can cause pain in the teeth.

Symptoms to watch out for:

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Sharp pain in teeth while eating or when pressing on a tooth

 

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Swelling that presents as a bump or pimple on the gums near the teeth that are in pain (sign of tooth abscess)

 

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Teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods or cold air, and the pain lingers even after removing the pain-causing agent

 

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Dark spots or areas on a tooth

 

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General tenderness or swelling in the gums around the affected tooth

 

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Severe pain in a tooth that has suddenly stopped

 

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Pain or swelling in the sinus cavity above the tooth, or in the lymph nodes under the jaw

 

Hamilton Root Canal Treatment Process

If it is determined that bacteria has penetrated the inner chamber of a tooth and spread into the pulp, root canals are normally the recommended course of action as it saves as much of the natural tooth as possible. Below is an example of a typical procedure:

First, Dr. Rocci will numb the treatment site to prevent any pain during treatment, and prepare the tooth for drilling.

 

The decayed enamel will be drilled and cleared away, continuing down into the tooths pulp chamber.

 

Using special tools, Dr. Rocci will clean away the diseased pulp inside the tooth with includes nerves and blood vessels.

 

Next, a type of rubber paste called gutta-percha is used to fill the canals of the tooth permanently. The chamber above the canals is filled with either a temporary or permanent filling.

 

If there is an infection or abscess that needs to be cleared with antibiotics, a course of antibiotics will be prescribed. Pain during healing is usually minimal, and can normally be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

 

It is recommended that the treated tooth be capped with a crown, or fitted with a post and crown. This is because the extensive drilling can weaken the walls of the tooth and they will not stand up to the same wear and tear that they could endure originally.

 

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Preventing the Need for Hamilton Endodontic Treatment

A root canal removes bacteria, nerves, and vessels from inside the pulp chamber of a badly decayed tooth, which is then filled and capped with a dental crown. This specific type of treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is only required in advanced forms of tooth decay.

Remember to:

Brush a minimum of twice daily, usually for 2 minutes or more

 

Focus on brushing soft tissues inside the mouth as well, including gums, cheeks, tongue and hard palate

 

Floss at least once daily, being sure to drag the floss underneath the gums to scrap along the bottom (or top) of each tooth

 

Rinse your mouth with water after eating, particularly if you have consumed acidic or sugary foods

 

Check in with your dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings

 

Why choose Gateshead Dental?

Holistic Approach

At Gateshead Dental, we take a holistic approach to dental care, looking for the root causes of any pain, discomfort or symptoms.

Preventative Care

We educate our patients on the dental practices required to prevent oral health problems.

New Patients

Dr. Fel Rocci has over 30 years of dentistry experience, and welcomes you to Gateshead Dental today!

Schedule an Appointment Today for Stoney Creek Root Canal Treatment!

If you suspect the need for root canal treatment or are experiencing persistent pain, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent severe infection or bone loss.