Root Canal Specialist in Calgary

Root canal treatment can save your smile and restore your oral health. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or other dental infection symptoms, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Having your tooth in good health prevents your other teeth from straying out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth.

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What is root canal treatment?

A root canal or endodontic treatment is one of the most popular dental procedures performed around the world. The root canal treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for any dental implants or bridges. When the tooth nerve is affected by infection or decay or even a very deep restoration (which is close proximity to the pulp/nerve), the dentist suggests undergoing root canal treatment.

During the treatment, the dentist removes the pulp (the nerve tissue inside the tooth) along the nerves, bacteria and decay. Then, they fill the gap created during the procedure with specifically medicated dental materials that will restore the tooth to its full function. Root canal treatment is highly successful most of the time.

Who does this procedure?

Your dentist may do root canal treatment or refer you to an endodontist in Calgary. After completing a university post-graduate program in endodontic, a dentist becomes an endodontist. Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the treatment of dental pulp or nerve of the tooth.

If your child’s primary (baby) tooth is damaged, your dentist may refer you to a pediatric dentist for this procedure. A pediatric dentist has at least two years of extra university training in treating children.

How is a root canal treatment done?

  • The dentist gives you a local anesthetic (numbing or commonly known as freezing in Canada).
  • The dentist places a rubber dam around the damaged tooth to protect it from bacteria in your saliva during the treatment.
  • An opening is made in the tooth to reach the canal/s in the roots and the damaged pulp.
  • Using fine dental instruments, the dentist removes the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system.
  • After cleaning the canal, the dentist fills and seals it.
  • The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either temporary or permanent fillings.
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How is a tooth restored after root canal treatment?

After a Root Canal Treatment is done in Calgary, it is necessary to restore/ fill the tooth to look, feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible. If an endodontist performed your root canal treatment, he or she will fill the opening of the tooth with a temporary filling and send you back to your dentist or prosthodontist for tooth restoration.

Your dentist may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. The restoration filling choice depends on the strength of the part of the tooth that is left. A tooth will likely need a crown after a root canal treatment. If there is not enough of the tooth left, the dentists use posts to help support the crown.

What is Root Canal Retreatment?

Most root canal treatments are successful. But in some rare cases, a second root canal treatment is needed. It is called root canal retreatment. When re-treating a tooth, the dentist will take the filling material out, and then re-clean, reshape and refill it.

What is Apical or root surgery?

Sometimes Apical or root surgery is suggested when a regular root canal treatment did not work. One may need to opt for surgery to:

  • Remove or treat the end of the root for fractures.
  • Remove parts of the tooth root that is not possible to access with or during a regular root canal treatment.
  • Clear up an infection that did not heal after standard treatment.

What else should I know?

Usually, 1 or more appointments are needed for root canal treatment. After root canal treatment, for the first week or two, your tooth may feel tender.

If constant pain or swelling is present, we suggest you call our emergency dentist or family dentist in Calgary immediately.

You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage such as fractures or splitting of the tooth.

A root canal treatment can save the tooth most of the time. However, there are cases where the tooth must be extracted (pulled), even after trying every possible approach.

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