Root Canal Therapy
We all cringe at the sound of root canal therapy just from the thought of pain and the cost of the bill but it can help to save a tooth.
Root canal therapy explained
Root canal therapy is used to remove infection and bacteria that cause infection from the root of the tooth.
This is done by cleaning out the root canal, the dentist will give you a local anesthesia and place a small hole in the surface of the tooth with which to remove the infection, bacteria, and pulp or nerve of the tooth.
Next, the tooth and root canal are cleaned and a rubber or synthetic material is bonded inside the hole filling the root canal.
Last, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to seal and protect it since it will no longer receive nourishment the tooth is dead; which is why it is important to seal the tooth.
Why the pulp needs to be removed
The pulp of the tooth needs to be removed or it can cause issues such as;
- Swelling that could spread to the neck, head, or face
- Bone loss
What causes nerve or pulp damage to a tooth
There are several reasons that a nerve or pulp of a tooth can become damaged;
- Deep decay
- Too many procedures on the same tooth
- Chips or cracks
- Trauma to the mouth or face
Root canal therapy has a 95% success rate and most say it is not any more painful than having a filling.
Cost of root canal therapy
The cost of root canal therapy depends on various factors;
- The severity of the tooth damage
- Your dental insurance policy and how much it covers
The best thing you can do if you need root canal therapy in Oshawa is to speak to your dentist.