Dr. Stephen Gaines and the staff of Sherwood Dental in Oakville carry out quality dental care services with the intent of preserving and improving a patient’s oral health. We understand that good preventative care is effective in decreasing the need for restorative services. Sometimes despite even the most pristine care, situations arise which require more complex procedures to restore patient health.
One sometimes dreaded procedure in the mind of many patients is a root canal. A root canal is necessary when a tooth becomes damaged to the point that the interior of the tooth, the pulp (the nerve), becomes inflamed or infected. This may occur as a result of severe decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or due to external trauma. Failure to treat an affected tooth can lead to severe pain for a patient, and eventually result in bone damage and loss of the tooth. In order to preserve the original structure of a tooth, yet correct the problem that exists, a patient can undergo a root canal.
At Sherwood Dental, we offer minimally-invasive root canals for our patients. In this and other areas of our practice, we are committed to preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible, affecting only what is necessary to achieve a positive outcome from treatment. These services are rendered with an emphasis on patient comfort, as well. Our desire is to change the thinking of patients who visit our practice to become more positive, and to have them realize that we strive to be a trusted partner in their care.
Root canal therapy is performed by accessing the pulp (nerve) space inside the tooth through making a small hole in the crown of the tooth. The Pulp is cleaned out and then the root canals (channels) smoothed. The infection, or abscess, is treated as necessary to eliminate any harmful bacteria. This may involve a healing period, in which the tooth is temporarily closed off to ensure effective results. Once the area is cleared, the patient returns to have the tooth filled and sealed to prevent any further invasion from bacteria. The final touch, in most cases, is the placement of a crown, which is permanently secured to provide added strength and function.
We invite you to visit Sherwood Dental for comprehensive dental care services. Whether your needs are routine, or to resolve some problem issue, we will provide compassionate, high-quality care.