At Westlake Dental in Lloydminster, our dentists perform root canals to save a damaged tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on the diseases and injuries of a tooth's dental pulp, often resulting in root canal therapy.
During a root canal, your dentist removes diseased tissues, nerves and blood vessels from the interior of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, damaged teeth will die and need to be extracted.
To begin, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from the tooth, then disinfect the tooth's inner chamber before filling it with medicated material to prevent infection. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will typically be capped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown.
Benefits of a Root Canal
A root canal procedure should help relieve your symptoms, preserve your natural tooth, and limit the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
By eliminating bacteria and decay from inside a tooth, your dentist can help stop infection from spreading and restore the healthy portion of your tooth.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain. They also enjoy a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have been treated with a root canal can last a lifetime.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact us. Our dental team will be able to diagnose the issue, and determine the treatment option that's best for you.
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold