Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth sustains infection of the tissue, incurs damage due to trauma or develops deep decay, root canal therapy can relieve symptoms and provide an alternative to tooth extraction.
Root Canal Treatment in Calgary
Root canal treatment is often rumoured to be quite painful. The symptoms of an infection can be severe, and root canal therapy is designed to relieve the pain and save the tooth.
We offer root canal treatment in our South Calgary dental office, and our dentists aim to keep the procedure comfortable and efficient with the latest technology including rotary instruments, electronic apex (root tip) indicators and cleaners, which can improve overall results.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
Symptoms often vary between patients and may include:
- Facial, neck or jaw swelling
- Sharp pain when biting down
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discolouration of teeth
- Toothache or general local pain
- Small drainage bump on the gums
Pain may worsen when lying down, which can make sleeping difficult. At Avenida Dental Centre, we welcome patients to contact us at the first sign of trouble, which can improve the prognosis of the tooth.
Diagnosing the Need for Root Canal Therapy
Often, patients come to us with painful symptoms that cannot wait. We will address the immediate concerns you have and begin treatment if you decide to proceed.
- Problem-focused exam
- X-rays to view root apex
- Temperature or percussion tests
Once a definite diagnosis is achieved, your dentist will discuss the options available to you. Many patients choose to proceed with root canal treatment to save their tooth. Root canal treatment followed by the proper restoration is often less invasive and time-consuming than replacing a missing tooth because of extraction.
Root Canal Procedure
We will numb the tooth using a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort throughout the procedure. After making a small access point to the inside of the tooth, your dentist will remove bacteria and diseased tissue and apply medication to assist with healing.
Your dentist will then fill the canal and seal the tooth. While it is common for sensitivity to linger for a few days to a week, the body’s natural healing process will begin to resolve the infection. You can manage any residual discomfort with an anti-inflammatory medication that works for you and is approved by your doctor.
A final restoration will seal and protect the root canal tooth. Because the removal of the blood supply will cause the tooth to become brittle, a dental crown is often considered the ideal restoration to protect the tooth.
Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?
Pain is an alert from your body that requires professional attention. We offer root canal therapy with dentists who strive for the greatest comfort and results. Contact us to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Jayde Wiedemann, Dr. Colton Toy, Dr. Christine Holko or Dr. Bob Huff.
We follow the Alberta Fee Guideline and will always present every option, respecting the choice you make for your smile.