Root canal treatment is necessary when the tissue inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed as a result of decay, trauma, cracks or chips. Patients in need of root canal treatment may experience a variety of root canal pain symptoms such as sensitivity to hot/cold, sharp pain when biting down or applying pressure, dull ache in the jaw, or toothache.
Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry in Ottawa understands the severe discomfort caused by root canal pain and regularly accepts walk-in root canal patients as well as emergency root canal patients to help alleviate pain as quickly as possible.
Root canal treatment has been widely rumored to be a painful dental procedure. This is a myth. Today's technology and anesthesia allow the root canal treatment to be performed painlessly. In fact, the root canal procedure provides much needed pain relief for patients in need of root canal treatment. When the nerves of a tooth become infected, root canal treatment enables a patient to save their tooth rather than having to pull it out (extraction). Many of our patients are delighted to find that the root canal procedure feels no different than having a routine filling performed.
Just by saving your natural teeth with root canal treatment, you can preserve your natural smile, continue to enjoy the foods you love, prevent your other teeth from shifting out of alignment and prevent the need to continuous dental work down the road. Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry firmly believes in saving natural teeth to best ensure patient health and comfort. When faced with the decision between root canal or extraction, name always chooses the course of treatment that promises to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. At Oueis Dentistry, you health and comfort are our number one priority.
The root canal procedure begins by numbing the area to be treated with local anesthesia. Dr. Oueis will then isolate and prep the tooth for the root canal procedure by placing a rubber dam around the tooth.
A tiny opening is then created in the tooth to allow Dr. Oueis to remove any infected pulp and clean the root canals. Once disinfected, the root canals are filled and sealed. A dental crown is then placed on top of the tooth to strengthen and protect it from any future damage such as cracks or fractures.
Root canal treatment is a simple and commonly performed procedure here at Oueis Dentistry. The entire treatment can be completed in just one or two dental appointments.
Root canal complications are rare. With regular oral hygiene, a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure can last as long as other natural teeth. However, as with all dental restorations, root canal treatment does not prevent future decay from forming. Consistent brushing and flossing will be essential to preventing further damage to the tooth.
Root canal pain after root canal treatment is minimal. Patients may return to their daily activities immediately following their treatment. After the local anesthesia wears off, you may notice some minor soreness in the gums where the rubber dam was placed, or some slight sensitivity while chewing directly on the tooth. This minor discomfort is temporary and will subside in a day or two. Dr. Oueis may advise you to chew on the opposite side to allow the tooth to rest.
Root canal cost is covered by most dental insurance companies. Root canal cost is also determined by the tooth being treated. Molars generally have 3 or 4 root canals, whereas incisors typically have only one.