If your tooth is in constant pain, or you feel a sharp pain when you bite down on it, you might need a root canal. Our Winnipeg dental clinic can save your tooth when the inner pulp has been damaged or infected – eliminating the need for costly prosthodontics, like implants.
What is a root canal treatment?
The procedure that most people just call a root canal is actually a root canal treatment – the root canal is part of the tooth.
Your tooth is nourished by tissue called pulp. Pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves – it’s protected by hard layers of enamel and dentin. Sometimes, this pulp can become infected or damaged. That’s when you need to have a root canal treatment. The root canal is a section of the pulp – a tooth can have 1 to 4 canals.
Root canal treatments are truly incredible. Back in the day, we had to remove the entire tooth when the pulp was damaged or infected. Now, a microsurgery is all that’s needed – the damaged and infected pulp is removed, and the tooth is nourished instead by surrounding tissues.
Most of our patients report that the root canal therapy we offer is as painless as getting a filling done. Our root canal procedures are highly effective, with minimal discomfort. Best of all, they can save your tooth! That means your bite will remain comfortable and natural. The recovery time for a root canal procedure is quite short – you’ll be back to enjoying your favourite meals, pain-free, in no time!
What are the signs that I need a root canal?
Root canal treatments are necessary when the pulp of your tooth is infected or damaged. Your tooth could have a deep crack in it caused by an accident or chronic grinding. Deep cavities and complications from previous fillings can also lead to infected pulp.
Those are some of the causes our dental team will be looking for. Signs that you can look for include:
- Sharp or severe pain when chewing or biting
- Sensitivity to heat and cold that lingers once the source of the heat or cold is gone
- Swollen, tender, or darkening gums
- Pimple(s) on the gums
- Chips or cracks in your tooth
Pain is a common symptom of dental problems – tender gums and a sore tooth could just mean a cavity and gingivitis. You never know – which is why when you have symptoms, you should visit us right away. You could have a tooth that needs to be saved.
How is the treatment performed?
Our root canals are performed with care. Our goal is to eliminate all pain and discomfort, and to leave your tooth looking and feeling its best.
We start by freezing your damaged or infected tooth in the same way we would if we were doing a filling. From there, we create a small hole inside the tooth. The damaged or infected pulp is removed from the pulp chambers and root canals using tiny instruments. Space is then cleaned and shaped within the tooth, and filled with special biocompatible materials. This allows your tooth to retain its shape, feel, and function.
Once the tooth is filled and sealed off, we finish the restoration. This is most often done with a simple tooth-coloured filling, though we’ll use a crown when necessary.
The average root canal is done in less than an hour – even in more complex cases, you’re not likely to be in the chair for more than 2 hours.
Aftercare for a root canal treatment is incredibly simple – most patients find they can go back to work or school right after the procedure. Your mouth will be frozen for 2-4 hours after the procedure – we don’t recommend eating until the numbness is completely gone!
Complications as a result of our root canal treatments are extremely rare. We’ll check in with you to make sure you’re feeling well after the procedure, and we’ll schedule a follow-up exam a few weeks after that!
Root canal therapy in Winnipeg
At WestSide Dental Group your Charleswood dentist , we’re committed to your comfort and care. We understand that the words “root canal” can make some people uncomfortable – and we’re here to change that.
When you come to us for your root canal therapy, know that you’re in excellent hands. Our team has decades of root canal treatment experience. We pride ourselves on our dental restoration services – that means restoring your teeth so that they look and feel their best.
Call us if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort. Our goal is to make it disappear, and to have you feeling your best again. If you have any worries whatsoever, don’t hesitate to call us. Anxiety is completely understandable, and we’ll do everything in our power to have you feeling safe and comfortable for your root canal procedure.