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How Root Canal Therapy Can Save Natural Teeth

When a tooth is damaged by a cavity or injury that leads to a crack, there is a risk that the pulp inside the tooth may become infected. If this happens, you will need root canal therapy in Toronto to avoid losing your natural tooth.

Advantages of Saving Your Natural Teeth

Although artificial teeth are available to replace a tooth lost to decay or damage, it is always preferable to save your natural tooth.

  1. Firstly, the natural tooth allows you to bite and chew food with normal force. This leads to greater efficiency when eating and also gives the tooth its fair share of the work, protecting other teeth from strain and wear.
  2. Another reason is that artificial teeth never look exactly like natural teeth and will change your appearance.

How Root Canal Therapy in Toronto Works

To determine if you need root canal therapy, your dentist will take X-rays of your teeth to examine the damage. If root canal therapy is the best course of action, you will receive an injection of local anesthetic in the nearby tissue. Your dentist will prevent the spread of bacteria by placing a dental dam over the infected tooth. Using an endodontic file, your dentist will drill a hole through the crown of your tooth to reach the pulp. He or she will then remove all the diseased and dead tissue and disinfect the canal. Once clean, your dentist will shape the canal to receive a filling or sealer to restore the tooth. Fillings for this purpose are made from gutta-percha and prevent the infection from returning. Next, your dentist will seal the hole with another filling. If your tooth is severely damaged, you may need a metal or plastic post in the canal to hold the filling in place. Later, you will return to have a dental crown fitted over your tooth.

Properly aligned teeth not only give you a beautiful smile, but they can significantly improve your overall dental health.

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