Root Canal

If you have a painful, infected tooth, our downtown Toronto dentist office can help. While root canals may seem unpleasant, they can relieve pain and prevent further damage to your tooth. 

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a common procedure used to treat an infected or inflamed tooth. Untreated, this inflammation or infection can lead to an abscess in the tooth and considerable pain. Root canal treatment removes this infection, and can potentially prevent further tooth deterioration and pain.

Why would I need a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when there is infection or inflammation in the pulp of the tooth – the soft tissue inside the root canal.

The infection occurs when bacteria get inside the tooth – either through a chip or crack in the tooth, deep decay, repeated dental procedures or even an injury to the tooth. Left untreated, this infection can lead to abscesses, pain and more damage to the tooth.

Signs you might need a root canal.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discolouration, pain with chewing or touching the tooth, or swelling or tenderness around the area, you might have a tooth infection that requires endodontic treatment.

What happens during the root canal procedure?

Our team is always concerned with your comfort. Using local anesthetic to numb the area, our dentist will remove the damaged and infected pulp and clean the root canal.

Then a special material is used to fill the space and prevent further infections. Usually, we then place a temporary filling on the tooth to seal it, and you will return for a second visit to place the permanent crown or other restoration.

How much will a root canal cost?

Because a root canal treatment is specific to your tooth and the severity of the infection, the price will vary. However, a root canal is usually less costly than a tooth extraction and future restoration (which may require a dental implant, bridge or other appliance).

Our team at Church Wellesley Dental Centre is happy to discuss the cost of your procedure with you and work with your insurance provider. We accept all major insurance plans including the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).


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