A root canal is an alternative to tooth extraction when the inside of a tooth is badly infected. Once tooth decay and bacteria have entered the soft centre of a tooth, we must stop the infection from spreading into the gums and the rest of your mouth. If necessary, we can refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. However, we can perform many root canals in Brantford quickly and with minimal discomfort at any of our 7 dental clinics in Ontario.
The centre of your tooth consists of blood vessels and nerves encased in thin canals that reach down into the gums. During a root canal, we remove all the infected interior of the tooth, clean and fill the hard exterior and fit the tooth for a crown that will prevent any further damage to the tooth.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Although root canal procedures are generally viewed as synonymous with pain, they are fairly quick and your dentist in Brantford will ensure that you are properly anaesthetized to feel as little pain as possible. If the local anaesthetic is insufficient, we can offer you a sedation option to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Are There Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment?
Our root canal treatments preserve the structure of your tooth, removing only the infected interior. Extraction, which is the other alternative, should be avoided if possible to make sure that you can chew comfortably and to preserve the substructure of the tooth. While root canal may seem a more expensive procedure than extraction, keep in mind that a tooth replacement may cost more than the root canal.
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