When people imagine dental problems, they often think of issues that affect the gums or the enamel of the teeth. Problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and cavities are common and require treatment, but there are also conditions that can affect the interior of the teeth.
Inside every tooth is a collection of nerves and soft pulp that are essential to a tooth’s health and structure. When someone allows their enamel to decay, the pulp can become infected by bacteria. These infections are painful but also weaken the teeth to the point that they might fall out without special endodontic treatment.
At Kensington Dental Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, our staff features a skilled endodontist capable of helping individuals like you overcome these serious dental issues that can affect the dental pulp. In many cases, treatment can be completed in a single appointment so you can return to regular activities as soon as possible.
Endodontists receive extra training to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the issues that affect the soft pulp. At Kensington Dental Clinic, the most common endodontic treatment is the root canal. During a root canal, our endodontist removes the infected and damaged pulp, so the infection does not spread into the gums. This process requires eliminated pulp from the thin roots of the tooth, hence the name.
Once removed, the pulp is replaced by a synthetic substance called gutta-percha. The tooth is then capped with a crown to keep the structure together.
There are two main benefits to endodontic treatment: the alleviation of pain and the ability to still use a damaged tooth. Removing the pulp and infection ensures you can no longer feel pain when trying to chew and eat. Using gutta-percha and a crown to rebuild the dental structure means the tooth can still be used even though it was damaged. Through proper endodontic treatment, you get to keep your natural smile and don’t have to worry about the infection any longer.
If you think you could benefit from endodontic treatment in Edmonton, Alberta, contact us at Kensington Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment. If it’s an emergency, you can try walking into the office to see if someone is available.