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Root Canal Treatment in North Edmonton

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:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that last even after the heat or cold source has been removed
  • Severe tooth pain when chewing or when pressure is applied to the tooth
  • Darkened or discoloured tooth or teeth
  • Gum swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Development of a persistent or recurring pimple on your gums

How Does a Root Canal Treatment Work?

The procedure for a root canal treatment involves the following:

  1. A local anesthetic is applied in order to numb the area around the tooth to be treated
  2. A rubber dam will be inserted around the tooth to be treated in order to protect it from bacteria and saliva
  3. An opening is made into the infected tooth that reaches the root canal system and damaged pulp
  4. The pulp is removed and the root canal system is cleaned and enlarged
  5. The canal will then be filled back in and sealed using a temporary or permanent filling

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.


3 Ways to Care for Your Teeth Post-Treatment

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:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once to maintain good oral hygiene. Preventative measure and proper care of your teeth can help you prevent future problems.
  2. You should visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and examination.
  3. You should avoid chewing on hard foods as they can break your teeth or harm root canals.



Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about root canal treatment in North Edmonton and to see if it’s the right procedure for you, contact Northgate Dental Centre Ltd.

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Looking for a new dentist in Edmonton? Come see Dr. Mah and our team.


Northgate Dental Centre Ltd.

2078-9499 137th Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB T5E 5R8

Phone: 780‑457‑5800

Fax: 780-456-5338


Mon - Fri 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Sat 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sun Closed

Services provided by a general dentist.


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