Root treatment canal treatment may be necessary when the nerve in the middle of a tooth ceases to function properly. The tooth may cause you pain or become the source of an infection. Your dentist in Victoria, BC will be able to help make the diagnosis of such a tooth.
Once a diagnosis has been established, a root canal needs to be carried out in one or two dental visits. Depending on the difficulty of accessing and completing the root canal, your family dentist in Victoria may complete both stages of the root canal, or an endodontist may be needed to complete the root canal.
The first goal of root canal treatment is for the dentist to remove all the soft tissue and infected material from inside the tooth and help promote a sterile environment. An access hole is placed through the tooth and once the cleaning is complete, a medication is placed within the roots and a temporary filling is placed. If the tooth was causing pain prior to the root canal treatment, this should now subside within a day or two, if not sooner.
Usually at a second appointment, the now hollow root canal space is filled by the dentist and the access hole is filled. Many dentists in Victoria would recommend a crown or onlay to structurally support the tooth and prevent fractures of the tooth in future.