When a root canal is the only route to go...

It is important to familiarize yourself with the basics regarding root canal treatments, especially if you know you will require one in the near future. Some frequently asked questions are answered below:

What is a Root Canal?

What is a root canal?

A root canal treatment is a common procedure that is required to treat infected or dead tooth pulp, caused by bacteria or trauma to the tooth. Specialized dental instruments are used to clean out infected pulp tissue that fills the canals of the tooth, and the canals are then filled with a permanent solution to keep them free of contamination. A temporary filling, then fills the tooth until a crown or cap can be cemented in place. The crown appears as if it is part of the natural tooth, and seals the tooth permanently.

Is a root canal the only option for me?

A root canal treatment is the preferred and best treatment for an infected or dead tooth. It is the only option available to patients that allows them to still keep their physical tooth intact, in their mouth. Although some patients prefer full removal of the tooth, it is not the recommended form of treatment.

Are there any risks?

While possible risks associated with the root canal treatment remain very minimal, problems only tend to arise if a patient fails to follow the instruction of the endodontist. The endodontist will thoroughly advise the patient on what to do before and after the treatment to avoid infection or other complication.

Can my dentist perform a root canal treatment, or will I be referred to an endodontist?

A general dentist can perform some root canal procedures, but when the case is complex and requires specialized expertise, the patient is referred to an endodontist. Endodontists have extensive training and experience in this field - with the average endodontist performing 25 root canal treatments per week!

How long should I wait before deciding to cap my treated tooth?

Your endodontist or dentist will provide you with a recommendation about when it will be appropriate to seal your tooth. This finalization is usually performed within the four weeks after the completion of the root canal.

If your dentist advises you to see an Endodontist, you can always provide our contact information: The Endodontic Group, Dr. Lance Isaac. Tel: 416-438-7878