If you have a tooth that’s become severely damaged or decayed due to poor oral hygiene or a trauma, you may have been told that the tooth is now dying – or already dead – and that it’s time for a root canal, also known as endodontic therapy.
Chances are that you’ve heard friends, family, and co-workers talk about their own experiences with root canal therapy and are now concerned that it might be a painful procedure.
Unfortunately, and for reasons that aren’t easily explained, root canal therapy has a bad – and incorrect – reputation of being a painful procedure. At M2 Dental in Vancouver, we understand this may have been true of procedures performed decades ago, but now with advanced technology and anesthesia, root canal therapy is performed with little discomfort or down time for the patient. In fact, most root canal procedures can be performed in as little as one visit.
A dentist will always try to save a tooth that can still serve a function rather than removing it from your mouth. By performing root canal therapy on your dead tooth, you’ll be able to keep the tooth in your mouth and it will still be able to serve its function. The alternative is to have the tooth extracted which is never desirable since a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift and even affect the shape of your face over time.
But when a root canal is performed, the dentist removes the dead tissue, often referred to as the root or pulp, from your tooth and then replaces it with medicated material. To make sure the tooth retains its original shape and structure, a crown is often used as a final step in this tooth restoration process.
Root canal therapy can also be performed on a tooth that has not yet died but has become infected down to its nerve, causing extreme swelling and discomfort.
If you want to learn more about root canal therapy in Vancouver as a way to achieve optimal oral health and help you restore your smile, make an appointment today with M2 Dental where our professional and caring staff are ready to answer all your questions.