Root Canals & Extractions
At our Edmonton dental office, our dentists perform root canals and extractions on teeth that can not be repaired or preserved with less invasive treatments like fillings, inlays, onlays or crowns alone.
In the past, a tooth with a diseased nerve would probably need to be removed. These days, however, we can perform a root canal procedure to save the tooth.
Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
A tooth's nerve is not vital to its health and function after it has emerged through the gums. After that point, the nerve's only function is to provide the sensation of hot or cold temperatures. In other words, the absence of a nerve will not affect the function of the tooth.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and can cause an infection inside the tooth, at the nerve. If left untreated, eventually an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and it can eventually cause damage to your jawbones, and your overall health. In these cases, the solution is often to remove the infected nerve of the tooth via a root canal.
Teeth that require root canal therapy don't always hurt. That said, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain when chewing or with pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold, dark discolouration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your dentist. Only your dentist can determine if a root canal will be an appropriate treatment.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits to our office. During treatment, your dentist will remove the affected tissue, and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. The tooth will then be filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your dentist may place a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
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