Our natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes damage or decay is so severe that the infection affects the network of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. If left untreated the infection can cause swelling and pain and eventually damage the surrounding jawbone.
Endodontic therapy, also known as root canal treatment, offers an effective remedy for a badly damaged or infected tooth. During the procedure the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, most teeth that have had root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed to help protect the tooth and restore it to full function.
Root canal treatment is most often performed when the nerve of the tooth is affected by decay or infection. It is also performed when a significant portion of the tooth is fractured or broken off. Teeth that have sustained moderate to severe trauma, even without breaking, often require root canal treatment. Root canal procedures may require one or more appointments to complete.
Root surgery (apicoectomy) is sometimes performed in addition to root canal treatment in order to help treat infections that are present at the tip of the root.
For more information about root canal treatments in Renfrew and West Pontiac counties, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harle, please contact our office.
Hello to all our patients and families!
Life has been anything but normal this year, and we sincerely hope you and your family are in good health. We are happy to inform you that we are now able to once again provide dental care for you and your family. The Ministry of Health has lifted the restrictions placed back in March.
While many things have changed since then, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.
Our office has always followed strict infection control standards, and in order to keep us all protected during this pandemic and in the future, we have updated our protocols. When we see you at your next appointment, things will be different.
Thank you for patience and loyalty throughout this unprecedented time. We value your trust and look forward to welcoming you back!
Sincerely, The Team at Dr. Bruce Harle’s Office