Root Canals in Edmonton
A root canal treatment may be required when the nerve of your tooth becomes infected. A root canal treatment allows you to retain the tooth rather than having it removed. Retaining the tooth instead of removing it prevents other teeth from moving or drifiing out of line, in addition to not requiring replacement with an artificial tooth.
Root canal treatment may be suggested when it is determined that a tooth will not heal itself from infection. The root canal treatment process involves removing the infected or dead pulp from your tooth. The area inside of each tooth is named the root canal system, and is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels. If an infected tooth is left untreated, it can spread through the tooth and bone, and ultimately result in the loss of the natural tooth.
A tooth becomes infected when bacteria enter your tooth through cavities, cracks, and flawed fillings, resulting in an abcess. An abcessed tooth may cause pain or swelling, and if pulp becomes infected, it will need removal.
At Empire Dental, root canal treatment or extraction of the affected tooth can be performed by our resident endodontist (a specialist concerned with the treatment of dental pulp and nerves of teeth). Local anesthetic is used during the treatment procedure in order to mitigate any pain that the patient may experience.
Following a root canal treatment, a tooth will require restoration to appear and function and a natural tooth. A dental crown or filling may be used to restore the tooth. The chosen method of restoration depends on the strength and location of the remaining tooth. A root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments, and following treatment you may experience soreness for the initial two weeks. It is important to contact your dentist or endodontist if you experience any significant pain or swelling following the procedure.