Root Canal Therapy

model showing the nerves in a tooth

Root Canal Therapy
at Vita Dental Wellness

Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth with infected dental pulp. The dental pulp runs from the crown down to the root of the tooth. Harmful bacteria can invade and irritate it.

The tooth, however, can still be preserved with a root canal treatment. We're happy to offer this procedure here at Vita Dental Wellness in Chilliwack, BC.

Why Is a Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

The dental pulp is located inside the tooth. It contains the tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that allow us to feel sensations. Bacteria can enter the pulp due to various factors, including the following:

  • Gum recession
  • Deep cavity
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Trauma
  • Loose tooth
  • Cracked or broken tooth

This can lead to irritation, but early treatment can still save the tooth. If the infection progresses, it can become irreversible. The inflammation can result in pulp death or even tooth loss.

The option at this stage is a root canal treatment. The final resort is tooth extraction; however, our focus is to save the tooth, as much as possible, and avoid further complications.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

The best way to find out if you need a root canal procedure is through a dental examination, but there are signs you can check before booking a visit. This includes the following:

  • Persistent sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Gum darkening
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen gums
  • Bumps or pimples on the gums
  • Loose tooth
  • Pus from the tooth

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

  • Your dentist starts by numbing the tooth. A rubber dam is placed around the area to keep it dry and saliva-free.
  • The root canal is accessed through a small opening on top of the tooth.
  • The decayed pulp is removed, and the canal is cleaned thoroughly. Afterward, it is filled and sealed.
  • Since the tooth is now hollow, it can become weaker and more brittle. To keep it from breaking, your dentist may recommend inserting a crown.

What Should I Expect After Getting Root Canal Therapy?

The procedure can make the tooth feel sensitive. Though, this should go away once the treatment area is healed.

There's an impression that root canal therapy is painful, but this can be due to the infection.

The area may remain numb for a few hours after the procedure. Resist eating at this time to avoid putting too much pressure on the treated tooth.

There may be mild discomfort for a few days, but taking over-the-counter pain medications should ease it. You should be able to resume work or school immediately.

Your dentist will provide care instructions to help with your recovery. Good oral hygiene and routine dental visits are important to keep your root canal treatment in good condition.

If pain or swelling persists, let your dentist know immediately.

Find Out If You Need Root Canal Therapy
in Chilliwack, British Columbia

A root canal procedure may sound intimidating, but you can undergo it comfortably with the help of advanced technology. You can also recover quickly and boost your oral health with support from your dental team.

For more information about root canal therapy in Chilliwack, BC, contact Vita Dental Wellness at (604) 858-5152. Our dental office is open from Mondays to Fridays, and new patients are always welcome.