Root Canals in Coaldale and Lethbridge: Prevent tooth loss and stop pain fast
Many unpleasant experiences are described as being “like a root canal.” However, with modern techniques and anesthetics, root canals are no less comfortable than a filling. Best of all, most patients experience significant pain reduction after treatment.
Typically root canals (also called endodontic treatments) are necessitated by a severe infection in the pulp beneath the hard layers of a tooth. This infection is caused by bacteria entering the tooth through a deep cavity, a cracked filling, or other cracks in the enamel.
What happens during a root canal?
Typically performed with the use of a local anaesthetic, once the area is numb, we:
- Carefully create an opening in the tooth to access the root canal system
- Slightly enlarge the root canal to allow thorough cleaning
- Clean away all infected tissue with fine dental instruments
- Seal the canal to prevent further infection
- Affix a temporary or permanent filling
Following a root canal procedure, we restore the shape of the tooth with a crown or permanent filling. Typically, a tooth in the back will require a crown to withstand the force of chewing. If there’s not enough of the tooth left to hold the crown, we may use posts to help support the crown.
Save your tooth with a root canal treatment
Most root canals are successful, preventing the need for tooth extractions – along with the problems that come with missing teeth (such as jaw and tooth misalignment, or serious infection). Following treatment, most of our patients experience little more than some lingering tenderness that will fade away in a few days. Remember to practice good oral hygiene and book regular dental exams to make sure your treated tooth will stay as healthy as possible.
If you’re experiencing a toothache, contact Coaldale Dental Centre today!