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Root canal treatment is performed on infected and decayed teeth to save the tooth from extraction. A root canal involves the removal of the infected pulp, cleaning, and disinfection of the tooth and is completed by refilling and sealing. At Hedgewood House Dental here in Kingston, the root canal procedure is performed by a dentist or endodontist.

Possible conditions that will require root canal treatment include tooth abscesses, deep cavities, cracked tooth, infected dental nerve and trauma to the tooth. These conditions will bring about abscesses, unbearable pain and inflammation. The bacteria in the abscess may find their way into the bloodstream and reach different organs in the body. Immediately seek professional dental advise from Hedgewood House Dental if you have unbearable pain and swelling in your tooth.

The Root Canal Process

The following are the activities that your dentist will undertake to make a diagnosis and after recommending root canal treatment.

X-ray: An x-ray is recommended if the dentist suspects you need a root canal. The x-ray helps to examine the tooth and identify the site of decay or an abscess.

Anesthesia: You will be placed under local anesthesia around the affected tooth. Anesthesia will help to prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure.

Pulpectomy: The dentist will make a small opening on your tooth through which infected pulp is removed.

A filling: Once the tooth has been cleaned, the dentist will refill the tooth with gutta-percha and then seal using cement.

After the Procedure

Following the root canal treatment, you may feel some tenderness near the treated tooth. The jaw may also feel tender and sore due to having opened the mouth for an extended period of time. You will be given some pain relief tabs to deal with the pain.

Hedgewood House Dental advises that you should not eat anything until all the numbness has worn off. Avoid biting down or chewing with the tooth that received root canal treatment. Lastly, the maintenance of dental hygiene through brushing and flossing will be important for overall oral health.




Whitening your teeth will greatly improve your overall appearance and give your self-esteem a massive boost. Not only does a dazzling white set of teeth have a healthy and sturdy appearance, but it also suggests that you really do care for your teeth. 

A variety of home kits for teeth whitening are available in the market. One may consider them a cheaper and quite convenient option. However, it's good to note that it's sometimes risky trying to whiten your teeth at home by yourself. Such chemical based treatments are better and safer when used under the supervision of a professional. 

Among the numerous benefits of consulting a professional teeth whitening service, here are five that you should consider.

1. Quick and Effective Treatment

We might be tempted to hand out a significant amount of cash for some DIY teeth whitening kits. However, the results from using these kit are usually not impressive. 

Home-based teeth whitening kits typically comprise special teeth whitening treatments, gels, strips, rinses and mouth guard trays. But you will need to continue using them for a long time before you can achieve any significant whitening result. The results are most times unpredictable.

Professional teeth whitening service from a dentist offers quick and effective treatment. You are guaranteed to get excellent results plus a quick observable change in the color of your teeth.

2. Removal Of Deep Stains

Most DIY teeth whitening kits cannot remove deep and stubborn stains. However, with professional services, you have access to several teeth whitening techniques that will efficiently remove deep stubborn stains. Such treatments include light and laser whitening techniques. These techniques produce great whitening effects that are easily noticeable. 

3. Skilled Application

A major problem with DIY teeth whitening kits is that they are prone to user error. Every brand has a unique instruction set for each of the different types of home-based kit that they produce. Failure to accurately follow these guidelines may result in less than desirable results. You may get an unevenly finished result or even experience pain and discomfort. 

Professional whitening services, on the other hand, will first determine the best treatment for you. A dentist will identify problem areas and sensitive spots in order to ensure efficient and painless treatment.

4. Complete Oral Check-Up

When you visit a dentist to whiten your teeth, he will run a complete oral health examination to determine the true cause of stains on your teeth and extent of the damage. This is an opportunity for an all-round oral check-up. Since you may not be aware of brewing oral health issues in your gums or tooth enamel, a dentist will quickly inform you of any potential problems that may soon spring up.

5. Customized Services

The results from using home whitening kits that are already available in the market often vary. Because of our uniquely different teeth, you can never be too sure if a DIY teeth whitening treatment will work for you as described. However, a dentist will not rely on generic products to whiten your teeth. 

When you use a professional, you can be sure of getting personalized teeth whitening services that are tailored to your own teeth and unique circumstances. Professional teeth whitening services factor in past or present issues of oral health plus any specific requirements and expectations you may have.

You can depend on experienced dentists from Dr. David Craig & Associates to give you professional in-office teeth whitening services around the Kingston area. Visit their website for more information.



Do you practice good oral hygiene? Do you honor your dental appointments? If the answer to the questions above is no, your chances of suffering teeth decay and other oral conditions are very high.

Teeth that are severely damaged by tooth decay can be saved through root canal therapy other than entirely removing the infected tooth. Extracting the affected tooth is a painful procedure and will be linked to problems with adjacent teeth and to the jaw bone.

Root canal therapy is your best option since it will save the tooth and get it back to working condition. You will definitely end up saving up on total costs through a root canal rather than getting the extracted and thereafter seeking to get a prosthetic tooth.

Conditions That Will Necessitate Root Canal Therapy

The following are conditions that will necessitate root canal to save the affected tooth.

Tooth Decay That Reaches Pulp

Dental pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth. The pulp is found at the center of the tooth and comprises of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Decay will cause cavities in the tooth and when left unchecked will reach the pulp to cause damage to the living tissues and incessant pain.

A high number of cavities in your tooth will be translated into greater the chances that the pulp will be affected. Lack of proper management of tooth decay and infection of pulp may lead to the loss of the tooth. Root canal treatment by Hedgewood House Dental will save an affected tooth. Proper dental hygiene through brushing twice every day and flossing at least once a day will help in preventing tooth decay and damage to the pulp.

Abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection that normally persists at the root of the tooth and between the tooth and gum tissue. The abscess will have originated from the pulp or the innermost chamber of the tooth.

The tooth will gradually lose its ability to get rid of the infection and the bacteria will accumulate in the pulp chamber at which point symptoms will be noticeable. The spread of the infection in the chamber will cause it to exit through the apex of the tooth. The abscess is simply an accumulation of pus which may be composed of dead white blood cells, tissue debris, and bacteria.

Possible causes of the infection in the tooth include failed dental treatments such as crowns, dental cavities, an accidental blow, and trauma due to grinding and clenching.

Tooth Injury

Tooth trauma affects both adults and children often leaving victims in extreme pain. Teeth may experience a severe blow in a car accident when playing sport, or due to a simple fall. The after effects of such severe blows include concussion, disorientation, nose or ear bleeding, dizziness, headache, and memory lapse.

In other times, the removal of a tooth may cause injury to the adjacent teeth. The severity of trauma to the tooth may lead to inflammation of the pulp chamber which predisposes the tooth to an infection that spread through the pulp chamber affecting nerves, nerve endings, and blood vessels.

In all these instances, root canal treatment becomes necessary to save the tooth and to get rid of an infection. It is the better choice as opposed to the extraction of the affected tooth. Visit Hedgewood House Dental in Kingston for root canal treatment that will save the tooth and restore function.



The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
A toothache can make your life miserable. An aching tooth can keep you awake all night, lead to severe headaches, cause paralyzing pain in the mouth and present problems when you eat.

Toothaches are often caused by tooth decay which is the infection of the pulp in a tooth. Root canal therapy is aimed at cleaning out the infected pulp from the tooth to save the tooth and to allow you to live more comfortably.

Understanding Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy or endodontic therapy refers to a series of treatments performed on the pulp cavity of an affected tooth. An infected pulp cavity leads to severe tooth sensitivity and severe pain. The root canal will get rid of the infection and aim to protect the decontaminated tooth from future infection.

Root canal treatment is solely focused on the infected pulp cavity. Infection to the pulp may be brought about by deep tooth decay, a crack on the tooth, trauma to the tooth, repeated dental procedures, and a faulty crown. Trauma may damage pulp even without visible signs of cracks or chips on the tooth.

Procedure Involved in Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy will begin with the careful removal of the inflamed or infected pulp and thorough cleaning of the pulp cavity. Once the cleaning is completed and the tooth disinfected, the tooth is filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. Finally, the tooth is restored using a filling that offers better protection or with a crown.

Once completed, root canal treatment should ensure that the restored tooth functions just like the other teeth. The following are benefits of root canal treatment

1. Restoration of sensation and normal biting force
2. Protection of other teeth from excessive wear and strain
3. Efficiency in chewing
4. Maintenance of the natural smile

Root canal therapy is a truly simple and straightforward procedure that is carried out by Hedgewood House Dental in Kingston. We have a team of highly experienced professionals who will evaluate the condition of the tooth and the individual’s health circumstances. The root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments depending on the results of the evaluation. Hedgewood House Dental ensures that the restored tooth following root canal therapy will last you as long as other natural teeth in your mouth.