Tooth decay is a prevalent disease that should not be ignored. Although decay can start out small and asymptomatic, as it progresses it can become symptomatic and can affect the nerve of the tooth. Once bacteria has infected or inflamed the nerve, the tooth can become very painful or sensitive or create an infection. Dental infections or abscesses can affect overall health and in some rare cases, can be life threatening. Once the nerve is irreversibly inflamed or infected, there are two treatment options; tooth removal or root canal treatment. At Refresh Dental, we provide both services, but often it is recommended to try and save the tooth with root canal treatment if prognosis allows.
Why may a root canal be recommended?
A root canal is recommended if the nerve inside the tooth becomes irreversibly inflamed or infected. Unfortunately, when a nerve is inflamed or infected, it can often be very painful and can affect daily function. To alleviate discomfort and attempt to save the tooth, a root canal treatment is completed. During the root canal procedure, our general dentists will remove this sensitive or infected nerve as well as clean and shape the root canal system.
Root canal treatment can allow our dentists to alleviate pain or disease while maintaining the natural tooth.
How do we carry out this procedure?
Here's a small look at this process:
- Once the area is properly anesthetized, our general dentists will access the dental pulp chamber of the tooth which contains the nerve.
- All infected/inflamed nerve and related tissues are removed and the canal system is cleaned and shaped.
- Once cleaned and shaped, the canal system is sealed.
- In most cases, a core and crown will be recommended as a final restoration for the tooth.
Do I need a root canal?
If you have an area in your mouth that is causing pain, discomfort or experiencing any swelling, please see a dental professional as soon as possible. Our dentists will examine and test the area and take any imaging required. Once the assessment and diagnosis is complete, they will review all treatment options with you. As dental disease can progress if not treated, timely assessment and treatment of the area is recommended.
If you want to know more about our root canal services here at Refresh Dental, give us a call at 780-705-5557. You can also get in touch through our online form and book an appointment.