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Why Do Root Canal Treated Teeth Break?

Root canal treatment is often the choice whenever a tooth causes serious pain to an individual. The tooth may hurt for one of many different reasons.

  1. There is very deep, extensive tooth decay that has affected the nerve.
  2. There is a very large, extensive filling in that tooth (that may have been there for a long time)
  3. The tooth was recently traumatized by a blow of some kind.
  4. Accumulated dental treatment to that tooth has caused the nerve to react.

Whatever the reason, to all practical purposes, if a tooth causes ongoing pain, the nerve should probably be removed, and root canal treatment is the way we do that. Once the root canal system is cleaned out, and shaped, it is then filled with a special root canal obturation material. The other important fact is that a healthy nerve supplies water (via the blood supply) to the dentin of the tooth. Once the nerve is no longer there, the tooth has no water-supply and becomes brittle; and the brittleness increases over time.

The brittleness coupled with substantially less tooth structure, makes it easy to see how a sudden bite on something hard could cause the tooth to fracture. Often, a root-canal-treated-tooth fractures such that it cannot be restored, and must be extracted.  Neither the dentist nor the patient wants that to happen. For this reason, the best preventive against fracture, that we have at the present time for a root-canal-treated-tooth, is a full crown.

A crown can be made of different materials. Sometimes full gold crowns are placed. But, today, we can make crowns of tooth-coloured ceramic materials that look, feel, and function like real teeth. These are just examples of what can be done.

Everyone deserves to have natural-looking, and healthy-functioning teeth. Modern Dentistry can do some pretty amazing things.

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COVID Update

We wanted to take a moment to update you on how the current state of emergency and lockdown in Ontario affects your dental care. We are OPEN and accessible to you during this time, as dental offices are considered an essential service by Public Health due to the importance of your oral health and hygiene.

We have taken a number of precautions in order to maintain a safe, COVID-19 free, environment.

Pre-appointment screening forms. Before your appointment, we will send you a link to a wellness form. This is to ensure the safety of both our employees and other patients. If you are feeling unwell, or show any symptoms of COVID-19, please get in touch with us to reschedule your appointment.

Curb-side waiting. To adhere to social distancing rules, we ask that you please wait in your car when you arrive at our office. Check in by calling us at our office phone number, and we will prepare to welcome you for your appointment.

Increased disinfection. We are increasing how frequently we clean and sanitize our office, and our operatories are sanitized between every appointment, as always. As an added measure, all employees measure their temperature before the start of their shift, and are wearing all PPE in accordance with health unit guidelines.

Medical grade air filtration systems. We’ve invested in the highest quality air filtration systems to ensure the air you breathe is clean, fresh, and sanitized. This technology uses a 6 stage purification system to capture dust, pollen, VOC’s, gases, mold, allergens, odors, bio-aerosols, viruses, and other pollutants, and includes a negative ion generator to help purify our air.

Prolonged periods between dental cleanings may result in gum disease – both bone loss and gum shrinkage, which can lead to increased sensitivity and tooth mobility. This is something we have already observed in our patients, so if you are due for your hygiene visit or have put your
visit off due to COVID concerns, please know we have taken every measure possible to ensure your safety during your visit.

We encourage all our patients to keep their regular scheduled appointments and maintain their best possible oral health as another asset in their fight against COVID-19. This is a challenging time for us all, but we want you to know how much we value your continued trust and support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff at 519-973-8280, or by email at walkervilledental2011@gmail.com

Stay safe and healthy,

The Walkerville Dental Team