At Herongate Dental Clinic, our Ottawa dentists perform endodontics and tooth extractions to remove diseased material from a tooth's inner chamber or extract a tooth that's causing issues for your oral health.
What are Endodontics & Extractions?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that's concerned with dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of the tooth. Also known as a root canal, this procedure eliminates diseased material from the interior of a natural tooth to preserve the tooth.
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is performed only when a less invasive option would prove ineffective, or if keeping the tooth would put your oral health at risk.
At Herongate Dental Clinic, our dentists can diagnose your oral health condition and determine if a root canal or tooth extraction are appropriate treatments.
Endodontics (Root Canal)
During a root canal, your dentist removes diseased nerves, tissues or vessels from the inside of a damaged tooth to prevent infection from spreading. Without a root canal, these damaged teeth will die and your dentist will need to extract them.
To begin, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth, then clean and disinfect the inner chamber. Finally, it will be filled with medicated material to prevent infection. The newly cleaned tooth will be capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
Root canals can help relieve symptoms of pain, save your natural tooth, and limit the requirement for more extensive dental work in the future. With proper care, most teeth that have been treated with a root canal can last a lifetime.
Sometimes, a tooth is too badly damaged from gum disease, disease injury or decay to keep without endangering your oral health. In these cases, your dentist must perform a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth (the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth for individuals typically between 17 and 25 years of age) may also need to be removed.
Common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth, which can sometimes cause problems for oral hygiene. Teeth are also sometimes pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
Due to the use of sedatives and anesthetics, tooth extractions are less painful than every before. In many cases, patients experience little to no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.