The viability of the tooth is compromised when the pulp of the tooth is infected, damaged and/or dead. In order to save the tooth, the dentist must proceed with a root canal treatment. At Centre Dentaire NP, your dental office in Kirkland, in the West Island of Montreal, the dentist will use an apex locator to help facilitate the location of the apex (end of the root) to help limit the risk of complications. Call us today to book your appointment!
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A root canal treatment is a last resort to save the tooth when the pulp (internal component of the tooth that holds the blood vessels and nerves), is infected with bacteria. This can occur when a dental cavity grows large, fractured tooth or when a dental filling is broken. When bacteria reach the pulp of the tooth, it will slowly begin to lose its vitality and cause several consequences. These are:
> Fragile tooth
> Toothache and/or pain
> The formation of an abscess
> The spreading of an infection
In order to prevent not only the reasons mentioned above, it becomes necessary to remove the damaged pulp to avoid extracting the tooth and to have to replace it. A root canal can help relieve dental pain and the spreading of the infection. This treatment is done with the use of local anesthetics and is generally not painful to our patients. The following are the steps for a root canal:
It is not the treatment itself that is painful but rather the bacteria that act upon the nerves that cause the pulp to react and cause pain. The root canal treatment in fact helps relieve pain.
At Centre dentaire NP, your dental office in Kirkland, we use a apex locator to ensure that the length of the treatment is as short as possible.
With the use of new technologies and the apex locator, the root canal treatment can be done and completed within one dental visit.
The apex locator allows the dentist to ensure that all the different root canals of the tooth are well sealed which helps reduce the risk of residual infection.