Root Canal Edmonton
A root canal procedure is an effective and safe treatment for tooth pulp that has become inflamed or infected. It helps to save and restore your natural tooth, letting you enjoy a smile that's pain free.
Root Canal Therapy
When do you need it?
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp - the soft tissue inside the root canal - becomes inflamed or infected.
The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth can cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection in a root canal is left untreated, it can cause pain, hot and cold sensitivity, or lead to an abscess, among other unwanted side effects.
What are the symptoms?
There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal treatment
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
How does it work?
If left untreated, the infection inside the tooth can spread to other parts of the body, and in some cases can even be life-threatening. That's why, if you are in need of a root canal, the infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed to protect your long-term dental health.
Most root canal treatments are successful. But in some rare cases, a tooth may need a second root canal procedure. This is called retreatment. When retreating a tooth, the root canal filling material is taken out, and the root canals are recleaned, reshaped, and sealed with a permanent filling.
Our Treatment Process
At Oliver Park Dental, our goal is to provide root canal therapy that eliminates pain, removes the infection, and prevents it from returning.
We do this by using the latest technology in diagnosing and treating toothaches. There is always a special emphasis in removing the bacteria from the root canals inside the treated tooth, an important step in making sure your root canal treatment is safe and successful.
In select clinical situations, our dentists may recommend a referral to an endodontist (Root Canal Specialist) for your root canal procedure.
At Oliver Park Dental, we use progressive Cone Beam CT dental imaging (X-ray) equipment to identify the number, length and shape of the canals in an infected tooth. Compared to regular dental x-rays, this makes your root canal therapy more predictable, efficient, and effective.