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  • Treat tooth pain
  • Have infection in and around the affected tooth removed
  • Restore function to a damaged tooth
  • Avoid tooth extraction
  • Maintain your smile!
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Root Canal Therapy From Your Dentist in Vernon

When you have a badly decayed or severely infected tooth, a root canal may be recommended by your dentist to save your tooth. At Dr. Elwood Astleford Inc. in Vernon, we know this procedure can help relieve pain and remove infection while restoring your natural tooth. 

What is a root canal? 

At the core of each tooth are small chambers called root canals that contain soft pulp tissue made up of connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. When infection develops in these areas, intense pain and sensitivity are felt. If not attended to in a timely manner, the pain may eventually subside as the nerves die, but the abscess issue remains and a lack of professional care may result in necessary extraction.

What happens during this procedure?

After your dentist has administered anesthesia, your tooth’s infected pulp will be removed and the area will be cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will then be filled and sealed with a material with a similar consistency to rubber before a filling or crown is applied. This will help you bite and chew on the tooth without problems.

How long can I expect a root canal treatment to last?

If you’re following a diligent at-home oral hygiene routine and visiting us regularly for cleanings and checkups, your root canal treatment has the potential to last for many years.

Have additional questions about root canal therapy? Call us today!