Root Canals in Calgary

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When our teeth become badly decayed or infected, they may need to be treated using a root canal and covered with a crown. Crowns are used to protect damaged teeth and prevent future infections.

Do you suspect you might need a root canal? Speak to your dentist during your next appointment.

Root Canals

Root canals are a safe and effective way to treat a tooth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. Root canals can also be used to save and restore teeth that have become damaged in other ways. In many cases, a root canal is the only way to save severely damaged or infected teeth.

Though the myth of the painful root canal persists, root canals are, in fact, nearly painless. Before your procedure, your dental team will treat your tooth with a local anesthetic, and either suggest or prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort after your root canal. With proper pain management, you should experience only minimal discomfort.

A root canal involves removing infected or damaged tissue (called pulp). To do this, your dentist will use a small drill to make a hole in your tooth, remove the infected tissue, and then disinfect and shape the void (canal) that remains. Once the canal has been cleaned and shaped your dentist will fill it with a natural, rubber-like material called gutta-percha, sealing the canal and keeping it free of bacteria. The tooth is then sealed, either temporarily or permanently, with a crown.

If your dentist fits you with a temporary crown, you must return for your follow up visit and receive your permanent crown. Temporary crowns are not designed to withstand long term wear and tear, and a damaged crown leaves your tooth vulnerable to reinfection.

However, the best root canal is the one you don’t need to have. You can avoid needing a root canal by taking proper care of your teeth and gums. Regular dental exams and cleanings, as well as flossing at least once per day and brushing at least twice per day, can help you avoid both tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information about root canals and crowns, please speak to your dentist during your next appointment.

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