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Endodontics and Root Canals



Endodontists and dentists work together to save teeth. Endodontists focus on performing endodontic treatments like root canal therapy. A general dentist may also perform root canal treatment but may refer you to an endodontist who specializes in it. They work together to ensure every patient is given the best dental care possible.

Endodontists complete an additional two years of specialized training after graduating from dental school. They diagnose tooth pain and perform complex procedures related to the inside parts of the tooth—the dental pulp. 


Root Canal Therapy

The pulp is underneath the enamel and dentin and consists of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue. The root canal is also found inside the pulp. 

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You may need endodontic treatment if the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. If the condition remains untreated, it can result in discomfort, pain, or an abscess. A root canal therapy can be completed within two to three sessions. Here are the steps:

  1. The root canal is cleaned and everything inside is removed.
  2. Your dentist creates a small hole to reach and remove the dead pulp tissue.
  3. Your dentist cleans and shapes the hollow area, and then fills and seals it.

The tooth may become more fragile without the pulp, so your dentist may recommend getting a crown to protect it. 

Wait a few hours after your treatment to let the effects of anesthesia subside before eating. Once you can eat, opt for soft foods and avoid chewing with the treated area while recovering.

You may experience sensitivity or swelling. Be sure to see your dentist for follow-ups and report any unusual side effects. Following instructions from your endodontist is key to a smooth and fast recovery. If you feel you need a root canal, or to book an appointment with a Kitchener endodontist, contact our team today at (519) 742-8303

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