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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.

What is a Root Canal?

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!

Root Canal FAQs

What is the purpose of a root canal?

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.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

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.

What happens during a root canal?

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.

Tooth Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth in order to preserve the overall health of the mouth.

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the dental alveolus in the alveolar bone.

Extraction FAQs

Why do teeth sometimes need to be extracted?

In some cases, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. An adult tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay as well, and must therefore be removed.

Teeth that are infected or severely damaged can also require an extraction, and in some cases, orthodontic intervention and or problems with wisdom teeth my require an extraction to take place as well.

What happens during an extraction?

The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist will expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. This procedure is typically completed very quickly, but if you are worried about it, you may want to talk to your dentist about undergoing sedation for the procedure.

What happens after the extraction?

Once a tooth has been removed, neighbouring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist will recommend that you replace the extracted tooth. There are a variety of options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures, dental implants, and bridges, and your doctor will discuss all your option with you.



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