Root canal refers to the space inside the tooth where the soft tissue, called the pulp, is. Within the pulp are nerves and blood vessels, which helps the roots of the tooth to grow.
Your dentist will take x-rays to see the extent of the decay. If the decay or infection is severe, the root canal may need to be removed.
During the procedure, your dentist creates a small opening in the tooth to remove decayed or diseased debris. Afterward, the canal is cleaned, filled, and sealed. Your dentist may also recommend placing a crown to strengthen the damaged tooth.
If not treated, the infection can spread and cause abscess and bone loss. You may also notice swelling on your face and neck.
Your dentist recommends a root canal to save a weak tooth.
The procedure is similar to getting dental fillings. The number of visits required will depend on the condition of your tooth. But usually, it takes one to two appointments to complete.
At Cool Dental, we make sure you’re comfortable before starting the root canal treatment. We do this procedure often and it's effective in restoring the health of your tooth.
Some people think that tooth extraction is more practical. However, leaving a gap between teeth may only result in more issues in the future, such as bite irregularities.
With root canal therapy, on the other hand, you'll get to keep your tooth. You can return to eating, chewing, and speaking as usual. You’ll be able to protect your other teeth from excessive pressure and premature wear.
Overall, the discomfort is comparable to getting fillings. You'll be given anesthesia and if necessary, sedation options.
The area can be sore for a few days after the procedure. There could be various reasons why the treated tooth may continue to bother you. In this case, we can look into retreatment options.
But overall, advancements in dentistry help make results positive and the journey more comfortable for patients.
We encourage you to let us know if you have never experienced being numbed for a dental procedure before, are difficult to freeze, or are not comfortable with the use of needles.
Dr. Lachman and the rest of our team will work with you so you'll be able to relax during your appointment.
Here are signs that you might need a root canal treatment:
If you’re noticing these symptoms, contact us at (403) 382-2273 to schedule a consultation. The sooner the issue gets diagnosed, the earlier you can seek treatment too.
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