Root Canal Therapy

At RV Dental in Thornhill, our family dentists perform root canal therapy to restore teeth affected by decay or an infection to their full function. Learn more about root canal therapy below.


What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy may be necessary to treat an irreversibly inflamed nerve or abscess affected by decay or infection.

If you are experiencing dental pain, do not wait, call the office and we will organize effective treatment quickly. It may be possible to avoid the root canal altogether.

In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Signs and symptoms of possible root canal therapy?

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present

What are the reasons for root canals?

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed.

Steps Explained

  • Step 1: An abscess has formed at the base of the tooth root causing infection and pain.
  • Step 2: A small opening in the tooth is created and the area is prepared for cleaning.
  • Step 3: The inside of the tooth and the root canal is cleaned out and disinfected.
  • Step 4: The canal is filled and the tooth is restored.

What can I expect after my appointment?

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.

Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.


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