Have you been experiencing severe toothaches when chewing? Is there constant swelling and tenderness in an isolated part of your gums? If so, these symptoms may be giving you signs that you’re in need of a root canal. At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, conveniently located in Red Deer, our dentists regularly perform root canals on infected and decaying teeth to remove infection, relieve your pain, and generally repair and save the tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
Within each tooth resides a nerve and blood vessels, commonly called the pulp. When the pulp tissue becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected, it causes pain. This pain usually occurs because of cavities, trauma, or a deep filling. Fortunately, it's possible to save your tooth with root canal treatment.
During a root canal we clean every branch of the pulp to remove infected tissue. After removing all infected tissue, we fill the tooth with a substance that enables your immune system to get rid of infection in the bone surrounding the tooth.
With proper medication and post-procedure care, the vast majority of our patients experience little or no pain after a root canal. The best time to perform the procedure is when the infection hasn't spread. If you are unsure whether your tooth needs a root canal, call us today.
Oral hygiene and health is important for your overall well-being. If cavities or cracks (micro-fractures) in your teeth are left untreated, the nerve in the tooth can become irreversibly damaged or infected. This leads to the need for a root canal in order to save the tooth. Once the nerve in a tooth has been damaged, in general, the longer you wait to have it treated, the more painful the tooth is and the more risk there is of further damage or spreading of infection around the tooth and even into other parts of your body. Regular preventive dental check-ups and cleanings are an effective way to catch problems early and reduce complications.
Sometimes, a dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. This can result in more treatment time and more work done on adjacent teeth and the surrounding tissue. You should always ask if a root canal procedure can be done instead as keeping your natural teeth is always the better option, cost-wise and because nothing can ever completely replace your natural tooth. With artificial teeth you might have to avoid certain foods, thus restricting your diet.
WILL IT BE PAINFUL?
Advances in technology, techniques and anesthetics have changed how root canals are done and how you experience them - they're now on par with the sensations you’d feel when getting a filling. Discomfort after the procedure will typically be associated with biting or chewing. This can be dealt with using pain killers or over-the-counter medication. If you have any questions or concerns about this, talk to your dentist here in Red Deer for more information.
IS IT EXPENSIVE?
Cost of a root canal in Red Deer depends on how many branches the pulp has. If you have dental insurance, your out of pocket cost will depend on the level of coverage you have. Typically, having a root canal done is less expensive and less invasive of a procedure than an extraction and bridge or implant replacement. Talk to your dentist before you have the procedure done in order to understand the costs so you don’t get any surprises.
HOW LONG DOES A ROOT CANAL TAKE?
Time spent on the root canal depends on the complexity of what your tooth requires and what tooth is having the procedure. Barring any complications, our patients can usually get a root canal done in one 1-2 hour visit but sometimes a second visit is necessary in order to properly complete the procedure without rushing.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY ROOT CANAL?
After your root canal, you’ll most likely feel much better in the next 24 to 72 hours as the infection in the tooth will have been removed. The most common complaint we get from our patients is tenderness when touching, biting or chewing on the tooth. We suggest predominantly chewing on the other side of your mouth until the area heals. Teeth which have had root canals often require a crown (also know as a cap) made out of porcelain or metal in order to make is strong and stop it from breaking; discuss this with your dentist.
HOW DO I AVOID THE NEED FOR FUTURE ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS?
Proper oral hygiene and regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings are key in the prevention of needing potential future treatments. Make sure you brush and floss every day and maintain a healthy diet. Avoiding foods high in sugar and acidic drinks, such as pop, can also help you maintain good oral health. If you’re an athlete, consider using a mouth guard to protect yourself from injury.
Our extended office hours permit us to provide urgent root canal services to all Red Deer residents and those in the surrounding area. If you require an emergency consultation, or would simply like to learn more about our root canal service, contact Parkland Mall Dental Centre today!