Root canals therapy, which also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental treatment that repairs and saves a tooth that is badly decayed and infected. The procedure removes the infection and protects the tooth from future infections.
There are many reasons why patients require a root canal, but pain is usually the most frequent of these. Deep cavities, trauma, and fractures are other reasons why a patient might require a root canal. If you have pain from a decaying tooth or extremely sensitivity to hold or cold, contact our Richmond BC dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaltio to find out if you are in need of a root canal.
Root canals are actually the hollows within a tooth where nerve tissue and blood vessels exist. A root canal treatment involves the removal these structures that have become infected and then subsequent shaping and filling of the decontaminationed canals with an inert filing.
How do you get a root canal? Before the procedure, our Richmond dental team will carefully plan and prepare you for the root canal procedure by taking X-rays and performing a pulp test.
During the procedure, we will numb the tooth with a local anesthesia for your comfort. Then we will make an opening in the top of the tooth to remove the pulp. We will then clean, shape, and fill the canal.
After the procedure, you can expect the root canal recovery to lasts about 2-3 days, during which the patient might feel slight pain from the procedure. This pain can be controlled with pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
When done properly, a root canal procedure is generally about as painful as a regular filing. Despite this reality, many patients still have significant fear of the procedure. To help ease this fear in his patients, Dr. Kaltio takes the time to review all their concerns prior to the procedure.
Because each patient has a unique situation, the cost of root canals can vary. To get an accurate price for a root canal, contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaltio.