The root canal is by far the most common endodontic procedure. Yes, that root canal. Many people feel a twinge of anxiety just from reading those words, but the procedure has come a long, long way over the years. Root canals are safe, effective, and far more comfortable than they’ve ever been before. It’s important to clear out dangerous infections, and a root canal also allows you to save a tooth that might otherwise have needed to be extracted and replaced.
Endodontics is an important part of our practice, and you can find excellent treatment at our dental clinic in downtown Calgary. You deserve a dentist who treats you with care, and our team at Century Park Dental has the knowledge to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible, throughout the process.
Because it provides sustenance, the pulp is very important during the development of your teeth. However, when a tooth is damaged by decay or accident, the pulp inside is sometimes exposed to infection.
Infections are often painful, and always dangerous. Left untreated, infected pulp can spread the infection to the rest of your body. In severe cases, painful abscesses can develop in the pockets around your teeth. During a root canal, your dentist will clean, disinfect, and seal the infected tooth, to eliminate the infection and save your tooth from extraction.
The exact date that the first root canal was performed is a matter of debate, but you can bet that the next day, people were already spreading horror stories. Whatever the reason, the root canal has long been viewed by patients as an especially scary dental procedure. That view is so widespread, in fact, that it’s taken on a life of its own. Many myths have developed about root canals over the years, and by clearing them up, we hope we can ease the anxiety you might be feeling about having a root canal.
The procedure itself is actually quite simple. Your dentist will start by numbing the area so you don’t feel pain, and placing a “dam” to keep saliva away from the tooth that is being worked on. Next, a small opening is made in the tooth to allow access to the pulp tissue, and the infected pulp is cleaned out. Your dentist will then disinfect the tooth, and seal it safely. A permanent filling will be placed to close the small opening and then you’re done! It’s really that simple.
A crown is often recommended following endodontic treatment to protect a tooth from breakage.
At Century Park Dental, we always aim to provide the best oral care in a setting that is as comfortable as possible for our patients, but we understand that you might still have some questions about having a root canal. Those old stories are stubborn, after all. So we’re more than happy to address your questions and concerns to ensure You are comfort throughout the experience. Give us a call or stop by our dental clinic in Calgary to learn more about how the root canal is a safe, effective, comfortable option for alleviating the painful symptoms of infection.
Century Park Dental is a general dentistry practice and all dental treatment is provided by a general dentist.