Root Canal Therapy In Wetaskiwin
What is a Root Canal?
Each one of your teeth contains a pulp chamber with living connective tissue. A healthy pulp chamber keeps your tooth functioning and comfortable. But when the pulp chamber becomes infected, this infection can affect the nerves that travel from the pulp chamber down your tooth roots, causing a serious, chronic toothache.
If an infected pulp chamber isn’t treated, this infection can travel to your bloodstream and cause serious problems. The infection could also spread to your other teeth if left unchecked.
Some Signs That You May Require A Root Canal:
A root canal is a procedure in which a diseased or dead nerve inside your tooth is removed. Infected pulp is also removed from the inside of your tooth.
We then replace that infected pulp with a material that will keep your tooth from becoming infected again. To strengthen the tooth, we usually place a crown after the root canal procedure is complete.
Before root canal therapy was available, teeth that reached this level of infection had to be extracted. Using root canal therapy, we can often save your teeth and help your smile last longer.
Some signs that you may need root canal therapy can include:
- A severe toothache.
- Tooth discoloration or darkening.
- Sensitivity to cold and heat.
- Pain or discomfort when you bite down on something.
If you experience these symptoms, you may require a root canal. Call us immediately if your toothache is severe, or you have another reason to suspect that a pulp chamber has become infected.
The Root Canal Therapy Procedure
When you come into our office for a root canal, Dr. Mahoney will begin by removing the infected tooth pulp from your tooth. Once the infected tissue has been removed, Dr. Mahoney will clean and disinfect the tooth to protect you from future infection.
After the tooth has been cleaned and disinfected, Dr. Mahoney will protect your tooth by placing a beautiful porcelain crown. For anxious patients, oral conscious sedation is available.
Black Molar Root Canals
Because of the difficult position back molars have in your mouth, some practices refer patients to specialists to have root canals performed on back molars. Here at our practice, Dr. Mahoney can perform a root canal on any of your teeth, so you can have necessary dental work done in an office that feels comfortable and familiar to you.
To find out more about root canal therapy, call us today! We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and to provide you with a soothing relief for your toothache.