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Root Canal Treatment

At the center of a tooth is a hollow space. In this space resides the pulp, or the living part of the tooth. The nerves and blood vessels in the pulp have their own distinct functions. The blood vessels transport much needed nutrients and oxygen to the teeth while the nerves are used for the communication of the sense of feeling.


Your teeth can get damaged for various reasons. Cracks can form in the teeth from injuries or as a result of tooth decay. These cracks can make the pulp more vulnerable to damage. With tooth decay, harmful bacteria can make their way through the outer part of the tooth and as a result, an open cavity is created.


Tooth decay is a serious matter and if you don’t get prompt treatment to halt the process, it will eventually reach the pulp and cause irreversible inflammation. This could possibly lead to severe infection and abscess formation. Abscesses are famous for being extremely uncomfortable and if the issue is not resolved, the infection can affect the surrounding tissues.


Root canal treatment may be the only option you are left with if your tooth has suffered too much damage to be repaired using conservative measures.

What Exactly is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a type of “last resort” treatment as it is used for saving teeth that cannot be repaired with any other type of procedure. Your dentist will use specialized tools to remove the damaged pulp. They will then disinfect the tooth after which a filling is placed. At the end of the procedure, the area will be sealed.


Will it Hurt?

You’ve probably heard a rumor that root canal treatment is painful. Just, remember that you can’t believe everything you hear. Root canal treatment is not painful. It feels the same as many other routine dental procedures. A good comparable example is having a filling placed.


If you have a problem tooth that cannot be repaired with filling materials, don’t worry. Root canal treatment is highly effective!


At North York Smile Centre we make it a priority to take care of your dental health. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you with root canal treatment!

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.

FAQ

When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

For anyone who may have missed our ​ Patient Information Webinar, here is the link to the recording:

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