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How To Know If You Need A Root Canal Therapy Service In Calgary

Your teeth are made up of three structures – the enamel which is the outermost shell, a hard inner layer called the dentin, and the inner layer of pulp that contains blood vessels, lymphs, and nerves. The pulp is what keeps the tooth alive and allows us to “feel” our teeth, such as the sensation of hot and cold.

When the pulp becomes infected and inflamed, it can cause intense pain. A root canal treatment is typically required to save the natural tooth. Some patients experience no pain when the tooth’s pulp has died but can see a visible change in the tooth itself. Here are some signs to watch for that can indicate a root canal treatment is needed:

  • Persistent pain or tenderness
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tenderness when biting
  • The colour of the tooth has visibly changed to grey, light brown, or even black
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Darkening of the gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or you suspect you need root canal therapy, contact your family dentist in NW Calgary as soon as possible.

What to expect with root canal therapy

Most root canal treatments can be done in one appointment – however, two appointments may be needed if the tooth is severely infected. Root canal therapy in NW Calgary typically involves the following steps:

  1. Local anesthesia (freezing) is applied to the site.
  2. A small hole is created in the crown of the tooth.
  3. The infected and inflamed tissue is removed.
  4. The interior of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected.
  5. A temporary filling is applied to the coronal part of the tooth to prevent further damage and infection.
  6. A post is applied to reinforce the remaining structure of the tooth and, if necessary, a crown is recommended to prevent fractures.

Many patients voice their concerns about root canal therapy being quite painful. Modern dental practices have made this procedure virtually painless and uncomplicated. In fact, root canal therapy is recommended to prevent serious pain from an infection.

After the procedure, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics in case of an infection and recommend anti-inflammatory medicine such as Advil to minimize discomfort.

Why root canal therapy is performed

Our goal as family dentists in NW Calgary is to save your natural teeth and preserve their health for as long as possible. By removing the infected pulp, we can maintain your tooth’s life for many years and avoid extraction. Root canal treatment is also required to prevent further infection, damage, and to eliminate pain.

If you’re looking for root canal therapy services in Calgary, Pro Grace Dentistry performs this procedure in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We offer instant financing, emergency dental services, free consultation, and are open 7 days a week.

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