Root Canals in Calgary SE

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Saving Your Tooth & Your Smile

When the soft tissue inside your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed, it can lead to severe pain, sensitivity, and even tooth loss. Root canals are a dental procedure that can save a damaged or infected tooth and prevent further complications. 

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged pulp inside a tooth to relieve pain and prevent further infection. Causes can include: 

  • Deep decay
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Trauma
  • Repeated dental procedures

Signs that you may need a root canal include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and discoloration of the tooth.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

If you’re experiencing persistent pain, swelling, or sensitivity in a tooth, you may need a root canal. Other signs include: 

  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • A pimple-like bump on the gums
  • Tenderness when chewing or touching the affected tooth 

Only a dental professional can determine whether a root canal is necessary, so if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

How is a Root Canal Procedure Done?

First, local anesthetic is injected to numb the affected area and surround gums. Next, a small opening is created in the crown (top of the tooth) to reach the pulp. Dental instruments are used to clean and disinfect the tooth, removing the pulp (the nerves, blood vessels, and tissue inside). 

Once the tooth is clean and empty, the tooth’s canals are filled and sealed with a flexible, rubber-like material, which helps prevent infection. Finally, a restoration may be added, such as an artificial crown, to restore the tooth’s durability.

Are Root Canals Uncomfortable?

You may have heard the old myth that a root canal treatment is uncomfortable, but the treatment is typically a simple procedure that can be completed in as little as one visit. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia for your comfort.

Aftercare & Recovery

After a root canal, you may experience some tenderness and sensitivity in the treated tooth, but this should subside within a few days. It’s important to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions, which may include avoiding hard or chewy foods, taking pain medication as needed, and practicing good oral hygiene habits.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy can save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction and can alleviate pain and discomfort caused by the infection. It also helps restore the tooth’s function and prevents further damage or infection from spreading to other teeth or the jawbone.

Don’t Delay—Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment Today

If you’re experiencing signs of a root canal, it’s important to seek prompt dental care to prevent further damage or infection. Delaying treatment may lead to further complications. Contact Outdoor Dental in Calgary SE to make an appointment today.

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  • Monday: 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
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