An endodontic treatment more commonly known as a root canal treatment is one of the most common dental treatments performed in dentistry. In Canada, more than 1.5 million teeth are saved each year by endodontic treatment. The later is a safe, highly sucessful and effective means of avoiding the loss of natural teeth, preventing the necessity for implants or dental prosthesis. A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. Human teeth normally have one to four canals, with teeth toward the back of the mouth having more. These canals run through the center of the roots like pencil lead through the length of a pencil. The pulp receives nutrition through the blood vessels and nerves carry signals back to the brain to warn of adverse events and circumstances.

When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth.


For a person who feels tooth pain or discomfort, a root canal may be indicated, and a qualified dentist or more preferably an endodontist (root canal therapy specialist) should be consulted in a timely manner. Dr. Fan is one of our highly qualified, trained professionals here at the Centre Dentaire Olympique. He specializes in endodontic treatment and he is available to answer any questions you may have regarding root canals.


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