Due to the stereotypical pain attached to them, hearing your dentist say you need a root canal can often trigger a certain level of anxiety. However, at Joly Dental Care in Edmonton, Alberta, our dentist, Dr. Joly, does everything he can to make sure your procedure is as painless as possible, and we stay in constant communication with you to ensure acceptable comfort levels are maintained. Often, administering appropriate levels of local anesthesia is enough to successfully and comfortably carry out a root canal procedure.
In most cases, we are able to treat and clean your teeth without the need for major or intrusive procedures. Occasionally, however, some patients with severe cavities or tooth damage will require additional treatments on the nerve canal of their tooth.
While the option to remove the affected tooth, and have it replaced with bridgework or dental implants is always a possibility, having a root canal procedure performed by a licensed dentist is essentially a much simpler procedure. Aside from the stigma of pain attached to them, root canals can resolve the dental issue quicker, and with a lower risk of damage to your mouth than other, more invasive, procedures.
More often than not, tooth sensitivity comes and goes on its own. However, certain symptoms should raise a red flag for you. Contact our Edmonton dentists immediately if you experience any of the following indicators:
A comprehensive dental exam will enable our dentists to identify and diagnose the exact cause of the pain, sensitivity, and swelling, and we will be able to decipher precisely what needs to be done to remedy it. If a root canal is required, Joly Dental Care’s Edmonton clinic has the necessary equipment to perform the simple procedure in-house.
Root canal procedures are most often carried out with a strict adherence to precise, yet simple, steps. If you’re going in for a root canal, expect your dentist to carry out the following:
Once the actual root canal procedure is complete, we cover your tooth in a dental crown that strengthens and protects it, as well as improves its appearance. Additionally, our dentist will supply you with comprehensive information on how to properly care for your tooth, as well as how to prevent swelling, pain, and future decay.
The best way to prevent the need for a root canal is to make regular appointments with your dentist. By regularly getting your teeth checked, you will be able to get timely cavity treatment when needed, and your dentist will provide preventative dental protection before decay becomes severe enough to require a root canal.