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A root canal is a treatment that repairs and saves a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. It protects the gum from possible infection; prevents nerve decay and restores a tooth with pulp damaged by cavities, fractures and other factors.

During a root canal procedure, the pulp or nerve is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

At dentalia, we use The Endodontic Rotary File System, a state-of-the-art technology that allows a better removal of the decaying pulp.

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How do I know if I need a root canal?

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  • Intense tooth pain
  • Severe tooth sensitivity
  • Discolored tooth
  • Large cavities or tooth decay
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Cracked fillings
 

Saving the natural tooth with a root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Helps chew efficiently
  • Aids with normal biting force and sensation
  • Restores natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
  • Helps maintain your natural smile
  • Allows you to continue eating the foods you love
  • Limits the needs for ongoing dental work
 
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Treatment timing

Generally, a root canal procedure requires 2 visits over a 1-week period.

1st visit:

  • X-rays
  • Testing for temperature and pressure sensitivity
  • Local anesthesia is administered
  • An access hole will be drilled into the tooth
  • Pulp and debris are removed
  • A temporary filling is placed in the exterior hole in the tooth.

2nd visit (1 week after):

  • Local anesthesia is administered
  • Root canal is filled with sealer
  • Final restoration of the tooth (Crown)
 

With proper care, most teeth that have had a root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.  

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