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Root Canals

Root Canals in West Vancouver

The area inside the tooth is made of nerves and blood vessels that form the dental pulp. When cavities form on the surface of the teeth, they can expose the pulp to bacteria which causes an infection in the tooth. A root canal is a dental procedure that is commonly used to treat a tooth that has become infected.

How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

If you have an abscessed tooth you may experience several symptoms. These include discomfort while biting and chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and constant pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to book an appointment with your dentist. When caught early, a root canal is a straightforward procedure that is completely safe and effective.

What Is the Root Canal Procedure?

Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area in preparation for treatment. They will then drill a hole in the tooth and remove the damaged pulp. After cleaning the area, they will seal the canal and fill the cavity with a filling. Recovery time for a root canal is very short, but you might want to avoid eating any hard foods that may damage the new filling.