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Root Canals

What is a Root Canal?

During a root canal, your dentist will remove bacteria and decay, in addition to infected nerves, from a tooth that's severely damaged. 

Our dentists at Peterborough Dental Clinic use root canals to restore function to damaged teeth.

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Preserving Natural Teeth

Sometimes, nerves within teeth become infected or decay damages the tooth. In these cases, our Peterborough dentists will complete a root canal procedure to remove the decay and save your tooth. 

If a tooth is severely damaged, without a root canal, the root may die and the tooth will need to be extracted. 

It's always best to preserve a tooth where possible, since an extraction can lead to other dental health issues. Removing a tooth is always a last-resort solution. 

When roots and decay are removed from the damaged tooth, the remaining space is filled and sealed with rubber-based material. Your dentist will then cover the tooth with a dental crown to protect it, restoring the tooth's function.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Experiencing any of these symptoms? You may need a root canal. 

  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Abscess or pimple on the gums
  • Discolouration (darkening) of a tooth

Book an appointment with your dentist to discuss your concerns. They can diagnose the problem and find out whether a root canal or other treatment options are necessary.

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