Root Canal Therapy In Edmonton, Ab

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Root Canal Fast Facts

  • The treatment is one of the most common emergency dental treatments.
  • They don’t hurt more than a regular filling due to modern dental techniques.
  • Root Canal therapy is also referred to as endodontic surgery
  • Endodontics come Greek roots endo – “inside”, and odont – “tooth”

What Is Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is an option when the tooth or teeth are considered repairable, but it is either abscessed, fractured, heavily decayed, or causing pain. Root canals are surgical or non-surgical, the most popular method is non-surgical. 

The steps to the procedure, which may include:

  1. Access opening – this is the opening in the affected tooth the dentist makes with a drill in order to access the pulp chamber, and the canal(s) of the tooth’s root(s).
    Measuring the length of canals – this is accomplished using a special device called an ‘apex locator’, as well as x-rays.
  2. Cleaning and shaping – this involves the physical shaping of each canal with specialized instruments such as endodontic files, and the chemical disinfection of the canal(s).
  3. Obturation – this is the filling and sealing of each individual canal.
  4. Permanent filling – a permanent filling material is placed to prevent the re-entry of bacteria into the sealed and disinfected canal(s).

Is Root Canal Treatment Common?

Root canal treatment is possibly the most widely recognized dental treatment. It is used to cure the infection that is at the centre of the tooth. Every tooth has a root canal system and an infection to it creates trouble. The infection might be caused by bacteria or bad oral care. The infection can result in tooth decay, leaky filings that were done earlier in the tooth and damage to the teeth that could result in tooth loss.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?

There are three major steps to preforming root canal therapy. This procedure can be done in as few as 3 visits or less.
 
  1. Cleaning the root canal – The dentist will remove everything inside the root canal. The dentist will put the patient under anesthesia, they will make a small hole, then the dentist will remove all the dead and impacted pulp.
  2. The dentist shapes and cleans the hollow area, using small files and irrigation solutions. The tooth is filled with a rubber-like material, using an adhesive material to seal the canal closed.
  3. Adding a crown or filling – A tooth with no pulp gets its nourishment from the ligament that joins the tooth to the bone. This supply is will work, but eventually, the tooth will become more brittle, so a crown or filling offers protection.
 
Until the crown or filling is implemented, the patient should refrain from biting on the tooth as it may damage the tooth.

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Does the tooth need to hurt for a root canal?

Just because there is no pain, does not make a tooth ineligible for a root canal. Your dentist will perform a variety of tests on your teeth and will then decide if the root canal procedure is an appropriate one.

Root Canals can be done in 3 or less trips

It’s common to complete a root canal procedure in as few as one or two trips to the dentist. 

There are some issues that may arise:

  • The tooth is heavily infected.
  • How difficult the root canal is.
  •  Whether or not you need a specialist.


General dentists can perform root canals, but if it is a particularly difficult root canal, the patient may need to be referred to a dentist.

Who Needs Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy might not be recommended if:
 
  • The pulp is damaged significantly and cannot repair itself.
  • There is a crack, or deep cavity that will allow for bacteria to enter the tooth causing infection.
 
If bacteria sets inside the pulp of the tooth and the pulp gets infected, it could lead to a dental abscess which is a terrible problem and is a very serious issue.
dentist holding model of mouth

The dentist may decide to install a post in multiple canals to help retain the final repairs. It is also recommended that the tooth have a crown placed post operation. The crown lowers the risk of fracture (root canal teeth can become brittle over time).

The cost of root canal therapy depends on the level of difficulty as well as the number of canals in the tooth itself. Our team at Smiles Dental Group will direct bill your insurance plan whenever possible, and as usual, all of our fees are always BELOW the Alberta Fee Guide. Contact us for a cost estimate or to schedule your appointment. 

What Does A Root Canal Look Like?

Do Root Canals hurt?

Lots of people are under the impression that root canals are painful. Root canals are no more painful than having a filling done. Dentists have many tools to decrease the pain, such as local anesthesia. 

Isn’t tooth extraction better than root canal therapy?

Saving your original teeth is almost always the better alternative to removing them. If you save your original teeth, less special maintenance needs to be performed, and less care is needed in your day-to-day oral regimen.
 

What should you do after you’ve had root canal therapy?

After getting the root canal treatment, it is very much important that you take proper care of your teeth to ensure it recovers in the right way. Avoid biting too hard on the food and use the separate side of the mouth where the treatment has been done. You have to maintain good oral hygiene and have to avoid too much sugary food. If you are a smoker, then you have to give up smoking till the tooth recovers completely.

Frequently asked questions

$662.15 for a single root canal. (The Alberta average is $691.15)

While it can sometimes be done in 1 visit, it’s generally 2. If the Root Canal is overly difficult it could be more.

Lots of people believe root canals are painful, but they are no more painful than a filling.

Healing will began within 1 week and should be carefully monitored by your dentist or endodontist.

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