Not all dental issues can be seen on the surface. Some dental health problems like an infection of a tooth’s nerve or root is found inside a tooth and must be addressed with specific procedures in order to save it from having to be pulled. At Northgate Dental Centre Ltd., we offer root canal treatment in Edmonton. A root canal is usually required when bacteria has entered a tooth through cracks, deep cavities, or flawed fillings. This causes an abscess which in turn causes an infection of the pulp and nerve of the tooth. Northgate Dental Centre Ltd. can determine if you need root canal treatment by taking an x-ray and performing a thorough examination.
Earlier, root canal treatments were painful. With advancements in dentistry and local anesthetics, people experience little pain during the treatment.
Signs a Root Canal Treatment May Be Needed
An infection in your tooth or teeth that requires a root canal may be caused by a number of factors. Our dentist can provide a proper examination and diagnosis of your dental health, letting you know if a root canal treatment in Edmonton is needed to address your infection. Some signs of an infection that could require a root canal include:
How Does a Root Canal Treatment Work?
The procedure for a root canal treatment involves the following:
The temporary filling is done to protect the tooth till the next dental visit. Sometimes, a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support. Towards the end, a crown is placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.
After Root Canal Treatment – What to Expect
Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the root canal treatment. Edmonton’s Northgate Dental Centre Ltd. can provide you with instructions on how to properly brush, floss, and use mouthwash to ensure the success of the treatment. Furthermore, the sensitivity you feel after the procedure can be controlled with simple over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can return to their usual activities the day after the treatment. With proper care, a root canal can last for a long time, protecting your tooth from further infection or extraction. Since the root canal is covered with a crown or filling, the treatment is not noticeable to others and therefore blends in with the rest of your smile.
With proper care, the treated and restored tooth can last long. Here are a few tips to take care of your teeth after root canal treatment:
To learn more about root canal treatment and to see if it’s the right procedure for you, contact Northgate Dental Centre Ltd.