A Root Canal at Edmonton’s Oliver Family Dental Help You Retain Your Tooth

Dental pulp lies in the centre of each tooth and supplies it with nutrients and nerves. When your dental pulp is infected or damaged in some way, the nerve may die and require the tooth to be removed. A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a way to clear the infection and preserve as much of the tooth as possible. If you’re experiencing signs of infection, and think you may need a root canal, our Edmonton dental office offers emergency appointments. You may require a root canal treatment if you have symptoms such as:

  • Tooth pain that may be constant or comes and goes
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquid
  • Sore gums

When bacteria get inside the tooth through a deep cavity, a crack or a broken filling, the tooth can become abscessed, causing infection within the pulp. Left untreated, the infection can spread from the tooth to your gums or jaw, which could cause you to lose your tooth or even part of your jaw. Left untreated, other serious health problems, such as sepsis or a heart attack, are possible.

Who Performs A Root Canal?

We can perform your root canal right here in our office; the procedure typically takes one or two appointments. If the damage is more severe, we may refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in procedures involving dental pulp.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

We’ll discuss the entire process with you prior to your procedure, but here’s what will happen during a root canal:

  • You’ll be given a local anaesthetic
  • A rubber dam will be placed around the tooth
  • We’ll create an access point through which the dentist can reach the root canal system and pulp
  • The infected dental pulp will be removed through a fine needle
  • The canal will be cleaned, filled and sealed with a rubber-like material
  • The opening of your tooth will be sealed with a temporary or permanent filling or crown; if we place a temporary crown, we will mold and create a crown to fit snugly over the tooth and seal it into place at a second appointment.

Will a Root Canal Be Painful?

While different people have different levels of sensitivity, root canals are generally not any more painful than having a filling done. Most of our patients are hugely relieved that the pain that brought them to the dental office is generally much reduced, if not gone, following the root canal procedure.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment or you’re experiencing any symptoms, please call our office to schedule an appointment right away.

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