A successful root canal means the difference from keeping a tooth and losing it. If you have tooth pain or swollen gums, you may an abscess that is damaging your tooth’s roots. You don’t want to delay having a dental exam and evaluation for a root canal in Lindsay or Havelock at Horizon Family Dentistry.
Tooth decay or gum disease can infect the tooth’s pulp and root canal system of nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth. The infection or abscess left untreated kills the tooth and can spread to cause even more serious problems in your gums and jaw.
The dentists in Lindsay and Havelock of Horizon Family Dentistry may need to perform root canal treatment to remove the infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth to save it. A successful root canal, or endodontic treatment, saves your natural tooth and saves you the extra dentist’s visits for an implant or bridge.
Your dentist can refer you to an endodontist who has completed extra training to specialize in root canal treatments, but many root canals are performed in your family dentist’s office with one appointment for the treatment and one more for tooth restoration.
After a root canal treatment in Lindsay or Havelock, the next step to restore your tooth so it looks and works like a natural one. Tooth restoration also keeps the surrounding healthy teeth stable and helps prevent jaw problems.
The general dentists at Horizon Family Dentistry have a choice of a permanent filling or a crown for restoration, depending on how much of your natural tooth is left. For back teeth that take a lot of pressure from chewing, your dentist probably will use a crown for added strength. They may support the crown with posts if you have only a small amount of tooth left after your root canal.
If you practice good dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly, your restored tooth can last as long as your natural teeth. Without good care, you can still develop a cavity or gum disease.
Sometimes, despite all treatments, an abscessed, dying tooth needs extraction or pulling. Sometimes a second root canal treatment is needed to clean and reseal the affected tooth. At times, root canal surgery is the solution to check the tooth’s root ends for cracks, removal of root parts that won’t clean properly, and clearing of persistent infection.
Your dentist in Lindsay and Havelock will refer you to a specialist if necessary.