Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Endodontics is also commonly referred to as a root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that is infected and causing pain and would otherwise need to be extracted. An extraction is more costly in the long run and may cause complications with adjacent teeth.

A root canal is often done by an endodontist, a dental specialist, but many general dentists also complete this procedure.

A root canal or endodontic therapy is often needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or an infection. The dental pulp (the living tissue inside the infected tooth) and any decay are removed and treated with disinfectant to help save the tooth. Once removed, the resulting hole in the tooth is filled and sealed to restore the tooth to its full function. A crown may be required to complete the restoration.

If you experience these symptoms, you may have an infected tooth or infected root canal.
  • Bumps on the gum below the affected tooth

  • Painful, inflamed gums
    Severe tooth pain when eating or when putting pressure on or near a specific tooth

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot/cold beverages and food

If you need a root canal, you should not avoid dental care. It is best to treat the infected tooth promptly for the best outcome. If left untreated, the infection can spread further and cause tooth loss.

Reasons for Endodontic Treatments

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Pain Relief

One of the main reasons for an endodontic treatment from a dentist at Premiere Health Group in Toronto is that it helps to relieve pain caused by an infection in the tooth and help prevent that infection from spreading to other parts of the body. The infection is usually caused by bacteria that have entered the tooth through a cavity or crack.
Save a Tooth

Sometimes, an endodontic treatment may be necessary to save a tooth from extraction, which can be a costly and uncomfortable procedure. A tooth can become damaged by trauma or decay. The trauma can range from a fall or accident, to grinding or chewing on hard foods. Decay, on the other hand, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, or by consuming too many sugary or acidic foods and drinks. If the damage is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted, but endodontic treatment can often save the tooth.
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Improve a Tooth’s Appearance

Another reason people choose an endodontic treatment from our Toronto dentists is that it improves the overall look of the teeth and can help protect the tooth from further damage. Since our teeth are an important part of our overall looks, having teeth that are aesthetically pleasing is important.
Preserve the Tooth’s Bone Structure

Finally, endodontic treatment can help to preserve the bone structure around the tooth, which is important for proper bite and alignment. Teeth that are causing overcrowding or misalignment can cause pain, discomfort, and damage the underlying bone structure. In some cases, the teeth may be too damaged to be saved, but in other cases, the teeth can be extracted and replaced with an implant or bridge.
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Endodontic treatment is a safe, effective way to save teeth that are damaged, infected, or overcrowded. It can help to relieve pain and prevent further damage, as well as improve the overall look of the teeth. If you think you may need endodontic treatment, call Premiere Health Group. Our experienced dentists located in Toronto can offer a diagnosis and give you options for dental treatment. Schedule a dental appointment today!