Dental Care

Root Canal Treatment in North Edmonton

Not all dental issues can be seen on the surface. Some dental health problems like an infection of a tooth’s nerve or root are found inside a tooth and must be addressed with specific procedures to save it from being pulled. At Northgate Dental Centre Ltd., we offer root canal treatment in Edmonton. A root canal is usually required when bacteria has entered a tooth through cracks, deep cavities, or defective fillings. This causes an abscess, which causes an infection of the pulp and nerve of the tooth. Northgate Dental Centre Ltd. can determine if you need root canal treatment by taking an x-ray and performing a thorough examination.

Earlier, root canal treatments were painful. With advancements in dentistry and local anesthetics, people experience little pain during the treatment.

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How Does a Root Canal Treatment Work?

The procedure for a root canal treatment involves the following:

  1. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth to be treated
  2. A rubber dam will be inserted around the tooth to be treated in order to protect it from bacteria and saliva
  3. An opening is made into the infected tooth that reaches the root canal system, and damaged pulp
  4. The pulp is removed, and the root canal system is cleaned and enlarged
  5. The canal will then be filled back in and sealed using a temporary or permanent filling

The temporary filling is done to protect the tooth till the next dental visit. Sometimes, a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support. Towards the end, a crown is placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.

After a Root Canal Treatment – What to Expect

Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the root canal treatment. Edmonton’s Northgate Dental Centre Ltd. can provide you with instructions on how to brush properly, floss, and use mouthwash to ensure the treatment’s success. Furthermore, the sensitivity you feel after the procedure can be controlled with simple over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can return to their usual activities the day after the treatment. With proper care, a root canal can last for a long time, protecting your tooth from further infection or extraction. Since the root canal is covered with a crown or filling, the treatment is not noticeable to others and therefore blends in with the rest of your smile.

3 Ways to Care for Your Teeth Post-Treatment

With proper care, the treated and restored tooth can last long. Here are a few tips to take care of your teeth after root canal treatment:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once to maintain good oral hygiene. Preventative measure and proper care of your teeth can help you prevent future problems.

  2. You should visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and examination.

  3. You should avoid chewing on hard foods as they can break your teeth or harm root canals.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about root canal treatment in North Edmonton and to see if it’s the right procedure for you, contact Northgate Dental Centre Ltd.

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