Understanding root canal therapy

Dr. Ramin Mirmooji describes root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy,” as a procedure to treat a severely decayed tooth. The pulp, or soft tissue at the tooth’s center, becomes infected and needs a professional to remove and replace it with a material such as gutta-percha or another biocompatible material. This treatment is often performed at our Pierrefonds, Quebec, area practice for patients who are interested in avoiding permanently removing an affected tooth.

When is root canal therapy necessary?

If you experience persistent pain in your teeth, there is a chance that you may need root canal treatment. Decaying teeth can lead to infection in one or more of your teeth, which causes inflammation and sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. In some cases, the damage can become so severe that it requires the removal of the entire pulp inside the tooth and replacement with another material like gutta-percha or mineral trioxide aggregate.

The root canal procedure is explained – what happens, why, and the solution

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Root canal – When a cavity progresses beyond the outside of the tooth, which is dead, and reaches the inside of the tooth or the pulp tissue, which is full of nerves, blood vessels, and active cells, the tooth becomes infected. In cases such as these, we have to remove the infected tissue and perform disinfection of the inside of the tooth. This process is called the root canal. What happens during a root canal? We open up the inside. We disinfect copiously in order to make sure that we kill as much bacteria and then fill the space.

How is root canal therapy performed?

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Root canal treatment is typically performed by your dentist and involves using tiny tools to remove decay from the inside of your tooth. The pulp and bacterial infection are removed, and the cavity is filled with sealants to prevent further damage. Once complete, the tooth will be capped or restored as needed for aesthetics or comfort.

Is root canal therapy painful?

Many people are concerned about pain during root canal therapy. Fortunately, you can expect minimal discomfort if you manage it correctly with the administration of a local anesthetic before the procedure. Our team will ensure you feel as comfortable as possible during your appointment.

How long does root canal therapy take?

The length of this procedure will depend on how extensive the decay is, but our team will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure that your tooth receives the attention it needs in a timely fashion. On average, most people can complete their treatment within an hour or two at our office.

How do I learn more about endodontic treatments?

Call Msmiline Cosmetic Dentistry of Pierrefonds, QC, at (514) 613-1888 to request an appointment at 4935 Saint-Charles Boulevard.

Many Happy Faces

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

Dr. Ramin Mirmooji

Dr. Ramin Mirmooji is a dynamic general practitioner who believes in providing excellent dentistry through personalized treatment plans and the best advice for patients. He graduated in Civil Engineering from South Bank Polytechnic (England) and studied microbiology and immunology at McGill University. He obtained his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Laval. He has followed many mini-residency courses in orthodontics, implantology, periodontics, endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, pain management, MTA disorders, etc. He is a member of the Quebec Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Dental Society of Montreal, and International Congress of Implantology.

Dr. Samer Abboud

Dr. Samer Abboud, who graduated in Paris, France, is a general dentist practicing orthodontic services in several dental offices in Montreal. He has also served as a clinical research coordinator at McGill University and a professor. He has trained in adult and pediatric orthodontics, occlusion, and dental surgeries and has earned many diplomas. He has been a member of the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec, CDA, Association des Chirurgiens Dentistes du Québec, Proprietary Dentists of Quebec, and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

Dr. Alexa Lynch

Dr. Alexa Lynch is a University of Montreal graduate. She enjoys practicing different facets of dentistry and has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, for which she has taken many continuing education courses. She aims to offer quality dental care to patients of all ages.