Endodontics, otherwise known as root canal therapy, is performed when the inner wall of the tooth has become infected or damaged. Infection can occur for a number of reasons, such as a crack or chip on the tooth, internal or deep decay, or even an issue with a crown. Dr. Toong has seen many cases where the outside of a tooth looks healthy, but inside, the damage is visible.
At the centre of your tooth is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive and well which is called ‘pulp'. When pulp experiences decay or trauma, an infection might start to develop. Signs that you may have an infection include swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth or surrounding gum area.
Patients who wait too long to seek professional attention for their infection symptoms often require Root Canal Therapy. During a Root Canal Treatment, Dr. Toong will remove the diseased or infected pulp from the tooth and will clean the root canal system. After this, he will seal the opening to prevent any further damage from occurring. A procedure like this can prevent the need for dental implants or bridges, as it saves the tooth from ultimately requiring extraction. The success rate for Root Canal Therapy is extremely high, at about 90 percent! Most procedures can be performed with a local anesthetic for a pain-free experience.
At our dental clinic in Burlington, we strive every day to ensure that patients feel peaceful in our office, and positive about taking care of their smile. A healthy smile is so important and conducive to the health of the whole body.