Root Canal Treatment

The dentists at Bright White believe that the best teeth are your own. Successful root canal treatment allows you to keep your tooth, which would otherwise be removed due to extensive bacterial infection.

Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) is a technique used to save a diseased or damaged tooth. The alternative to a root canal would be an extraction or removal of the tooth. Treatment requires that the nerve inside the tooth be removed and replaced with a solid filling material that is resistant to infection.

Keeping your tooth could prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of line and causing long-term jaw problems or gum disease, or having to replace the tooth with a bridge or implant.

The Procedure

Inside a tooth is a small space called the root canal containing the nerves and blood vessels which form the dental pulp. Infection of this dental pulp may result in an abscess or toothache. In the past, this tooth would simply be removed but now we can offer you root canal treatment to care for these teeth.

Infection or damage to the dental pulp is often caused by one of the following reasons:

  • Decay
  • Deep fillings
  • Trauma
  • Tooth fracture
  • Infection

Before we start your root canal, we conduct thorough tests and take x-rays in order to evaluate the health of the pulp and surrounding tissue.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the root canal can be accessed by drilling a hole through the top of the tooth. The canal is measured, cleaned and shaped with fine dental files. The root canals are also washed with anti-bacterial solution to remove any debris. This is followed by sealing them with a permanent filling, which usually results in full recovery to useful function.

Compromised structural integrity often goes hand in hand with such teeth due to the presence of large fillings or extensive damage. Furthermore, these teeth are also weaker and the added protection of a crown is often recommended to ensure longevity.