Root Canal Therapy in Sherwood Park
We’ve all heard the saying, “about as much fun as a root canal.” But the root canal doesn’t really deserve its bad reputation. It’s usually not any more painful than a routine filling. Also, this procedure saves teeth that we’d otherwise have to remove.
Still, we understand that you might still feel apprehensive upon hearing that you might need a root canal. That’s why we wanted to take just a few moments to help you understand the procedure.
Why would someone need a root canal?
Trauma to the tooth or tooth decay can cause the nerve or pulp inside the tooth to become infected and inflamed. The “pulp” is filled with blood vessels, nerves, and tissue. When it becomes infected this structure starts to break down as bacteria begin to multiply and feed on it. Worse still, an “abscess” forms at the bottom of the root. This is a small sack of pus that can cause additional pain and swelling.
Once this process begins you are in danger of losing that tooth. A root canal can save the tooth, which is always the optimal solution.
What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?
You should come see us right away if you’re experiencing any kind of a severe toothache. You may also experience extreme sensitivity to heat or cold. Sometimes the tooth itself starts to grow darker, or you’ll see a pimple on your gums.
However, sometimes there aren’t any symptoms at all—which is why regular dental checkups are so vital to good oral hygiene. If you didn’t have any symptoms you might not know that anything’s wrong until the tooth has passed the point of no return!
How does a root canal work?
First, we’re going to x-ray your tooth so that we understand exactly what’s happening. Next, we’ll administer local anesthetic.
Once we’ve made sure you are comfortable, we then create an opening in the crown of the tooth. We use tiny instruments to clean the infected pulp away and gently reshape the space as we work.
We then fill the space with a rubber called “gutta-percha.” This helps the infection from returning. Then we place a filling in the tooth.
A short time later, we suggest you return to receive a crown for the root canaled tooth. We recommend this because once the nerve and pulp are removed there is no longer a blood supply to the tooth. This means it is more dry and brittle compared to non-root canaled teeth. Therefore, in order to protect this tooth from damage like fractures, we recommend crowning it as early as possible.
Are you experiencing symptoms right now?
Early intervention is the key to saving your tooth. If you are experiencing any of the above-referenced symptoms you should call us at our Sherwood or Tofield office to set up an appointment right away. A root canal still may not be your idea of a good time…but having one is way better than losing one of your teeth.
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