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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

It is interesting to know that teeth contain hollow centres, which contain pulp. The pulp of a tooth consists of blood vessels and nerves. Blood vessels provide oxygen and nutrients to the tooth and nerves are responsible for the sense of feeling of the tooth.

Injuries like car accidents or any kind of hard blow can damage your teeth. A crack in the tooth can damage the living tissue contained within the tooth. Another common cause of damage to the pulp is tooth decay. Harmful bacteria break through your tooth’s outer shell and this forms an open cavity.

If the decay is not halted, it continues toward the pulp in the root of a tooth and eventually it results in irreversible inflammation. Without treatment, this leads to infection and an abscess may form. Abscesses cause severe discomfort and a neglected infection could spread to the surrounding tissues.

You may need a root canal treatment if the pulp in one of your tooth roots is damaged or infected.

Root canal treatment: What is it?

Root canal treatment is a type of dental treatment used to repair and save teeth that are badly damaged or infected. During the procedure, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the tooth is disinfected. Then a filling is put in place and the area is sealed.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal procedures have a reputation of being quite painful. The truth is that root canal pain is not that bad. In fact, many people compare it to the level of pain experienced when having a filling placed.

Root canal treatment is extremely successful. At Barrie Smile Centre we are more than happy to help you out with any questions you may have concerning root canal treatment!

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.


When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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