Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is a pain-relieving therapy designed to save your tooth. While it’s true that root canals are often misunderstood—many incorrectly believing that the treatment causes pain—we want to help change the conversation.
In our Richmond and Walkerville dental clinics, we offer gentle root canal therapy every day, and our dentists have undergone extensive training under industry experts to provide patients with easier root canal therapy treatments.
If you are feeling anxious, we can also provide nitrous oxide (relaxation gas) in our Richmond location to help take the edge off any anxiety that you may be feeling.
However, if you have never had a root canal treatment, but have heard the stories, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the therapy typically eases pain and saves your tooth.
Root Canal Therapy in Walkerville and Richmond
If you need a root canal treatment, it means you have a root infection or specific trauma to a tooth. In some cases, a root infection will not cause pain—at least not initially. However, your dentist may notice the infection during an exam, which is why it is essential to visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups.
If you do experience symptoms, you may notice:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth pain (may be severe)
- Gum swelling
- Blister on the gum
Tooth sensitivity can graduate to severe pain in short order, so we recommend contacting your dentist in Walkerville or Richmond at the first signs of oral health changes. It is always preferable to treat a root infection sooner rather than later—it means less pain for you and an increased likelihood of treating your tooth successfully.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
If your dentist diagnosis a root infection, we provide a gentle root canal therapy for you. This means your dentist numbs the area before making a small hole in your tooth and removing the infected root and pulp. We typically close with a healing agent and a temporary filling.
Patients may experience some pressure, but the root canal treatment is generally not painful. However, you may notice some discomfort for a day or two following treatment. Most patients report that pain relief medication purchased over the counter from a pharmacy work just fine for this grade of mild discomfort.
At a separate appointment, we redress and seal the canals before placing a permanent tooth-coloured filling or a dental crown.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over a treated tooth to the gumline. It is always designed to match your smile.
The time between these appointments varies based on your specific circumstances.
Lowering Your Risk
Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleans may help reduce your risk of root infection. You should also complement check-ups and cleans with an excellent oral care regimen at home.
We Welcome Your Call
If you have one or more signs of a root infection, do not wait. A root infection can spread, leading to a dental emergency and put your oral health at risk.
If you have oral health changes or a toothache, we encourage your call so we can look after you.