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.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has advised us against performing non-essential treatment for our patients. As campaigners of a healthy individual and a healthy society, Dr. Harle and his team have agreed that a significantly reduced schedule of only emergency dentistry will be maintained at our office between now and May 31st.
If you have an appointment scheduled with us between now and May 31st we will have to reschedule it. When we are able to resume our normal practice functions we will contact you to do so.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call Jasia at 613 635 4848 and she will call you back at her earliest opportunity. We are answering phone calls Monday through Thursday between 8am and 4pm.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fatigue or difficulty breathing, please does not come in. Instead, call us and we will advise you accordingly.
We thank you for your patience during these challenging times and hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.