What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, and well over 14 million treatments are done in North America every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury, swelling of the gums near the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.

Modern root canal therapy bears no resemblance to the procedures of old. At Yonge & St. Clair Dental Smile Centre with our state of the art equipment and commitment to modern therapies, we offer painless and successful root canal treatments to preserve teeth that would have been lost in times past. Contact us to schedule your consultation 416-922-4848.