Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
The most common indication that a root canal is needed is a severe, persistent toothache. However, that is far from the only symptom to watch out for. Other signs that you might need a root canal include:
When you first notice any of these symptoms, contact us right away. We’ll do our utmost to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.
The Root Canal Process
Root canal therapy may have an intimidating reputation, but this procedure actually shouldn’t hurt. In fact, by removing the infected nerve of the tooth, a root canal is designed to relieve pain. What’s more, your dentist in Edmonton will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic beforehand and possibly administer sedation, ensuring you’re fully comfortable throughout the process.
We’ll begin by using special instruments to access the inner chambers of the tooth and remove the pulp that’s causing you pain. After sanitizing the area, we’ll refill it with a synthetic gutta-percha material to retain the tooth’s shape. Then, we close up the tooth by placing a temporary dental crown.
After you’ve healed, you’ll return to our dental office a few weeks later. We’ll switch out your temporary crown for a permanent one. Once this crown is seated, the underlying tooth should be fully protected. You’ll be able to use it as you normally would.
The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
As lifelike as tooth replacements like dental implants are, nothing beats keeping your natural tooth. If you were to avoid getting a root canal when you need one, the infection might worsen to the point that the tooth has to be extracted entirely. Removing and replacing a tooth is much more complex, time-consuming, and expensive than root canal therapy.
In addition to saving your natural tooth, root canal therapy provides the following benefits:
- Virtually pain-free procedure – Thanks to the advanced dental technology that we use, getting a root canal is about as comfortable as getting an ordinary filling.
- High success rate – The vast majority of root canal patients go on to keep their treated tooth for decades, if not for the rest of their lives.
- Aesthetically pleasing results – After your root canal, your tooth will be restored with a custom-made dental crown that will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.