Root Canals

pain free and smiling after Metropolitan Dental root canalFor something so small, an abscessed tooth can cause excruciating pain—from a dull, throbbing ache to a sudden, searing shock triggered by a hot drink or the pressure of biting down.

Abscesses occur when the soft pulp inside the tooth becomes infected—often as a result of a fracture, trauma, or excessive decay. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems.

A root canal is the only way dentists can save an abscessed tooth. It requires drilling into the centre of the tooth and removing the infected blood vessels and nerve tissue, which extend into the root through tiny canals. Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, the tooth is filled temporarily. (It sounds way worse than it is, honest!)

Root canals take one or two appointments and as many follow-up visits as necessary to ensure that the infection has cleared up before the tooth is filled permanently or crowned. A crown is an eventual necessity in most cases, as the structure of the tooth is weakened by the treatment and more prone to breaking as it ages.

If needed, we can also offer our patients a mild sedative, so they feel completely comfortable while we put them back on the road to a happy, healthy mouth.

 

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  • Metropolitan Dental—Now Open

    To all of our valued patients of Metropolitan Dental:

    Hello everyone! This is coming to all of you with good news! We have finally received official approval to head back to work. We have been closed for almost three months. Needless to say we are all quite excited to head back to Metropolitan Dental and to once again see all of you for your dental needs.

    COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us, including the shut down of dentistry across the province. We understand that many of you have been forced to wait for your dental care and we deeply appreciate your understanding and patience while we were closed. Your health and well being continue to be our highest priority as we carefully prepare and update our practice procedures. Please be assured that we will be taking care of you, just as we will be taking care of our families and ourselves.

    We know that our capacity of getting back to work will not be 100% initially, but we will be working hard to see all of you. We have opened our doors as of June 8th. We ask, unless you are experiencing an emergency, please wait for us to call you, instead of you calling the office. This will help to make our job of scheduling and re-scheduling patients easier. If you would like to email us to schedule or update an appointment click here.

    There are some new protocols that have been put in place by the Minister of Health for your next dental appointment, so we will be emailing these out to you prior to your appointment. These new screening processes are important for everyone to follow, we thank you for your co-operation.

    Once again, we thank you for your trust and patronage over the decades. Please remember as businesses continue to re-open, the DENTAL office is one of the cleanest and most sterile places that you will encounter. We have been working hard to ensure that commitment to you.

    We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Barton Walters, and Dr. Andrew Kaplan

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