Root Canal Treatment

Restore your smile with single-visit root canal therapy in Markham!

Normally, we think of our teeth as being completely solid. This idea lends to the perception that teeth are very hardy and able to handle just about anything. We freely enjoy crunchy and chewy foods and may even occasionally use our teeth as tools to open packages or remove pen caps. While doing all of this, what we do not consider is the fact that there is a hollow cavity inside of each tooth that travels from the crown to the tip of the root. Inside the hollow cavity is soft tissue called pulp. Pulp contains nerves, vessels, and connective tissue. As it sounds, the root canal is the area within the root portion of each tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Often when people use the term "root canal," they are not referring to the anatomy of the tooth but to the treatment performed for the restoration of damage caused by infection. The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove pulp tissue, nerves, and vessels that have been injured.

Many people misunderstand the nature of this beneficial treatment, believing it to be painful or otherwise stressful. The reality is that the root canal procedure does not cause pain. Just like other restorative treatments, such as filling a cavity, root canal therapy is performed with local anesthetic. With the area numbed, patients should feel nothing more than slight pressure as tiny files are used to empty the root canal of infected tissues.

After all tissue has been removed from the canal, sterilizing liquid washes the area clean and minimizes the risk of further infection dramatically. We seal the canals, further inhibiting bacterial activity, and then place a crown over the tooth to restore its durability for chewing.

If CEREC technology is incorporated into treatment, the entire process can be completed in a single visit.


Will You Know if You Need a Root Canal?

While there are certain signs that may alert you to a dental problem, it is also possible that you will have no discomfort to warn you of infection. Possible signs you may need a root canal include:
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tooth pain, which may range from mild sensitivity to intense, throbbing pain
  • Pain, swelling, or inflammation in the gums around a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold that does not go away
  • Noticeable discoloration of a tooth
  • An abscess, which looks similar to a pimple, in the mouth
  • Noticeable pus around a sore tooth
  • Visibly exposed nerves after trauma to the mouth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the lymph nodes below the jaw line

Root canal therapy is necessary if you want to avoid excessive pain and potential tooth loss. At Cerés Dental Clinic, we provide gentle, effective care as well as sedation to make restorative care as comfortable as possible. Call our office at (289) 554-2100 to schedule your dental checkup.