What You Need to Know About Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are needed when the soft tissue inside of a tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected. This is usually the result of bacteria which has been able to get through the outer, protective layers of a tooth because of a chip, a crack, or tooth decay. Infected tooth pulp needs to be removed, or else it can cause serious pain and damage to the gums, the jaw, and surrounding teeth.
What Will Be Done During a Root Canal Appointment?
Today's root canals performed by an Edmonton dentist begin with the administration of a local anesthetic. This ensures that the area which needs to be worked on is completely numbed before the root canal begins.
The next step is for the dentist to drill into the infected tooth in order to reach the infected pulp. The unhealthy pulp is removed using special tools, and a filling material is then inserted into the pulp canals in order to prevent further infection. Finally, a crown is placed over top of the tooth to reseal it.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Getting a root canal at an Edmonton family dentist, in the hands of an experienced professional, is not a painful experience. The only source of discomfort you can expect is the small pinching sensation caused by the anesthetic needle. Once the area is frozen, you will not be able to feel any other part of the root canal procedure.
Once the anesthetic wears off you will likely feel some tenderness in the area, but extreme swelling or pain is not a common occurrence. Over-the-counter pain relievers will be able to take care of any tenderness.
How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is not something that should be put off. The longer you wait, the more painful and more dangerous your condition may become. Some signs that your tooth pulp may be infected and you may need root canal treatment in Edmonton include:
- Severe tooth pain, especially when eating or when any pressure is applied.
- Long-lasting tooth pain.
- Swelling of the gums.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Discoloration of the affected tooth.
- Pimples forming on the gums.
Root Canal in Edmonton
The Edmonton dentists at Westmount Dental Centre are happy to provide stress- and pain-free root canal procedures for our patients. If you experience any of the symptoms described above, or if you have any other concerns about your oral health, then you can find us at Westmount Mall or contact Westmount Dental Centre by phone or email.