Addressing the root of the problem…
The center of your teeth is a hub of nerve tissue and blood vessels. If you harm your tooth enough to expose this soft pulp, you’ll know about it. Damage to the pulp can lead to swelling, abscesses and pain in the muscles and bones of the jaw. If left unchecked, it can also lead to tooth loss, which is why cracks, deep cavities and other similar injuries are usually treated with a procedure known as a root canal.
Our dentists offer root canal treatment in Calgary as a means by which to protect the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth, stopping the pain, preventing any further damage and avoiding tooth loss. Our primary goal is to create an environment within the root canal system that facilitates healing and promotes the continued health of the bone supporting your teeth. As such, any dentist carrying out the procedure will remove bacteria from the tooth and completely fill the canals to prevent any further infections from occurring.
A root canal treatment is often not as scary as it might sound. At Comfort Care Dentistry, we use the latest rotary filing techniques and locating devices, to ensure your root canal is completed to the highest standard.
Symptoms of tooth pulp damage or disease
A diseased tooth pulp may cause inflammation or infection. Symptoms include:
- Spontaneous pain.
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures.
- Pain when biting or chewing.
- Loosening of the tooth.
- Swelling of the gum near the infected tooth.
- Oozing of pus surrounding the infected tooth.
- Facial swelling.
In some cases, the tooth pulp may become damaged or diseased without presenting any symptoms. In these situations, the problem is usually diagnosed by special tests or X-rays during a routine dental checkup.
Benefits of root canal treatment
- Removes bacterial infection from the tooth.
- Eliminates pain.
- Prevents the further spread of infection.
What to expect
We understand that a trip to the dentist can be stressful, particularly when you’re already in pain. Our considerate staff always strive to alleviate any concerns a patient may have, a process that starts with a clear and transparent treatment procedure. You can expect your root canal treatment to follow an established pattern:
- An X-ray of the tooth is taken to check the tooth shape and location of the root canal infection.
- Local anesthetic is administered at the site of the infection.
- A canal is made in the tooth to allow for the removal of the damaged pulp.
- The root canal may be cleaned once or several times to ensure the infection is cleared. In some cases, medications may be administered to eliminate persistent infections.
- The clean, cleared root canal is filled.
- Proper oral care and regular dental visits ensure that the treated tooth remains healthy.
In most cases, multiple visits are required to ensure the root canal is completely cleaned before filling it.
The tooth tends to be fragile after a root canal treatment has been carried out. If this is the case, our dentist’s may advise a post and core treatment to stabilise the tooth, with a crown added for extra strength.
Recovering from a root canal
Some patients experience sensitivity for the first few days following treatment. This is due to natural tissue inflammation and can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most people are fine to return to their normal activities within a day.