Endodontics in Estevan
A crack or deep cavity in your tooth can allow harmful bacteria to infiltrate and infect the interior tooth nerves (known as the “pulp”). If left untreated, an abscess may form, causing pain, swelling, and putting your jawbone and overall health at risk. An endodontic procedure (also known as a “root canal”) is the only way to save an infected tooth.
How does root canal treatment work?
Root canals have a bad reputation for being scary, painful procedures. While they used to be like that, modern dentistry has made it possible to perform this procedure quicker and with more relative comfort for the patient.
Your root canal procedure will take between one to three visits depending on your condition. Your dentist will first drill a small hole into your tooth to get at the infected pulp. Once the pulp is removed and the interior of the tooth is cleaned of infection, it will be filled with a composite material to help maintain its strength.
Finally a crown is placed overtop the tooth to prevent more bacteria from entering. As long as you continue to take care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing, this repaired tooth will stay strong for a lifetime.