A root canal is a procedure that removes and replaces the red pulp from the roots of a tooth. This is usually done for infections caused by tooth decay or other causes of major inflammation in a tooth’s interior. Despite its reputation, this procedure is essentially painless for the patient when performed correctly, and any discomfort during or after the procedure can be treated by the dentist if he or she is made aware. While the tooth remains in place, it will no longer receive blood and replace its enamel, so a crown may be placed over the top to protect it.
Here at Kensington Dental Clinic, we know that a lot of people are anxious about dental treatment—especially when it’s as invasive as root canals are thought to be. The good news is that we provide various anesthesia options—including sedation and general anesthesia—to ensure you don’t feel any pain during treatment.
We also aim to answer all your questions and concerns and put you at ease before any procedure begins.
Root canal treatment, also called endodontic therapy, is necessary in cases of severe tooth decay. In such cases, it’s impossible to treat the situation using dental fillings. The only options that remain are to either save the tooth through root canal treatment or remove it through an extraction. If you’re not keen to extract your tooth, you should always opt for endodontic therapy.
Endodontic treatment is a three-step process that involves cleaning, fillings, and sealing.
During your visit, our dentist in Edmonton, Alberta, will begin treatment by taking detailed images of your affected tooth. These images serve to show the extent of damage and the best course of treatment. Afterward, the dentist cleans out the diseased pulp tissue while you’re under anesthesia—local or otherwise. The dentist uses a drill and other dental tools to access the infected pulp tissue.
After pulp tissue removal, the dentist must fill the remaining hollow area with filling material, also known as gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is used once the dentist has thoroughly disinfected your root canals to prevent re-infection.
The last step involves getting a crown to protect your tooth. A tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment is dead and unable to provide nourishment to itself. As such, such a tooth can quickly become fragile over time, and that’s why the placement of a crown is essential.
Depending on the extent of treatment required, and the nature of your root canals, you may need one or several appointments before we complete your root canal treatment. Either way, we promise that you’ll be satisfied with the outcome.
Want to spare your teeth the agony of extraction? Visit our dentist in Edmonton, Alberta, today for a safe and comfortable root canal treatment.