Root Canal

What is it?

Root Canal Therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed, in excess of 14 million every year! This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the centre of your tooth is the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves that, when young, helps to build the surrounding tooth. The pulp can become inflamed or infected following deep decay, deep fillings, cracks or trauma. Symptoms such as swelling, sensitivity to temperature or pain on chewing may be indicative of a problem with the dental pulp in your tooth.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp.

This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.

Root canal treatment must be carried out with the use of a rubber dam to ensure the tooth remains free from contamination during treatment and also protects the airway. Dr. Harlamb‘s skill and experience will ensure the rubber dam is placed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please feel free to ask Dr. Harlamb any questions about the rubber dam.

Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to root canal treatment or the chance of success is unfavourable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your dentist. Dr. Harlamb will advise you when a final restoration should be placed. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to assist you.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an implant.