Root canal in Downtown Ottawa & surrounding

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Downtown Ottawa Root
Canal & Endodontics

Endodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on the pulp of your teeth. If the pulp becomes damaged, a root canal can remove the damaged tissue. Saving your natural tooth is always the most desirable option for your oral health in the long run. It is also the more financially friendly alternative compared to tooth extraction and replacement solutions. A root canal relieves the extreme pain you may be feeling and reduces the risk of the infection spreading.

Here at Pretoria Bridge Dental, we make sure to let you know that root canals are simple, straightforward procedures that allow us to protect your teeth from further harm.

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Protecting & Preserving
the Pulp of Your Teeth

During a root canal, our dentist will clean out any bacteria from inside the infected tooth, along with any dead tissue surrounding it. This ensures that any healthy tissue is safe from further infection. Once the damaged tissue has been removed, our dentist will fill the space and seal your tooth back up — protecting the structure of your tooth. In most cases, a crown, inlay or onlay will be used to provide your tooth with extra strength and durability.

If you need more information about Endodontics and root canal therapy in Downtown Ottawa & surrounding communities, contact us today!

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dentist performing a root canal on a patient

Signs & Symptoms
of an Infected Tooth

There are a few signs that will tell you if you may require a root canal! The following signs & symptoms include:

  • Severe tooth pain and sensitivity that worsens over time
  • Tender or swollen gums near the infected area
  • Bad breath unrelated to your teeth brushing consistency
  • Pus-filled pimple in the gums around the sore tooth
  • Darkening or unexplained discolouring of the tooth

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, book an appointment with our dental team. We’ll be able to assess your situation and recommend the best course of action to relieve you of any pain you’re experiencing.


Endodontics is a specialized branch within dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating issues related to dental pulp or the soft tissue within the tooth. These sorts of dental pulp problems usually result in the need for root canal treatments, which endodontists perform.
Compared to your regular dentist, endodontists have specialized expertise within the dentistry practice. Endodontists specialize in diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatments. Endodontists don’t perform filling procedures or clean teeth.

Endodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating issues inside the tooth or root canal. Periodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating issues related to gums and the jaw bone.

A root canal will usually require two or three visits to complete. The first visit will treat the pain that is caused by tooth infection. The following appointments involve removing the infected matter from the tooth and placing a crown over it.

Most of the time, it is better to try and save a tooth than to remove it. A tooth extraction has a longer recovery time and is more painful than a root canal. There is also extra dental work and recovery time needed to replace the extracted tooth. Still, there are some cases where tooth extraction is the better course of action. Our dentists will provide all available options and recommend the best course of action so the patient can make an informed decision.

Yes, you can. However, you must limit yourself to soft foods which aren’t too hot or too cold for two to three days after your root canal treatment is complete and the crown has been placed.

It is normal to feel tenderness in the treated area for a few days after a root canal procedure. Root canal pain usually peaks between 17 and 24 hours after the procedure and then subsides over the following days. It is also possible to feel jaw pain after the procedure due to keeping the mouth open for the whole procedure. Elevating the head when sleeping for the first few nights after the procedure will help with pain. If severe pain lasts for more than a few days, notify your dentist or endodontist immediately.

Throbbing tooth pain is a sure sign that there is tooth damage. This could be in the form of a cavity or an infection in or around the tooth. Unexplained tooth pain should always be checked out and treated before it gets worse. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact us right away to set up an appointment to have it checked out.

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