Root Canals in South Calgary & Okotoks

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Root canals, or endodontic therapy, are effective treatments for teeth that have decayed, abscessed, or become infected. They can also be used to save and restore a tooth. Root canals are currently one of the only viable options for a tooth that has suffered severe damage or has become infected.

At Heritage Pointe Dental, root canals are standard procedures we use to save the integrity of damaged teeth. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need a root canal to save your tooth and relieve any associated discomfort.

If you think you may need a root canal, we’d love to help. Please contact our office to book your appointment today!

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What Is the Root Canal Process?

A root canal involves removing infected or injured tissue (pulp) from inside the tooth down to the root, as the name suggests. Once all of the infected or damaged pulp is removed, the canal is disinfected, shaped, filled, and sealed with a special material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed to protect it and prevent future infection.

After a root canal treatment, your tooth will look and feel like your natural tooth. Depending on your situation, we may recommend capping the tooth with a crown or bridge to ensure the tooth stays strong. We will likely recommend a crown on back teeth to avoid future damage because they endure a lot of pressure during eating.

It’s important to note that, in some cases, root canal surgery may be necessary when a regular root canal cannot be done or it has not worked. Surgery is performed to check the root of the tooth for fractures and cracks, remove damaged parts of the root, or clear up an infection that did not heal from the initial treatment.

Most root canal treatments are successful. In some cases, a second treatment may be necessary. At Heritage Pointe Dental, we will do everything in our power to save your tooth. However, if we’ve exhausted all options, we may need to extract the tooth altogether.

You may feel some mild discomfort after the anesthetic wears off, but it should subside within a week. You should never feel intense pain or swelling following the procedure. If you do, call us immediately.

How Does a Tooth Become Infected?

An infected or abscessed tooth often occurs due to an untreated cavity. Inside the tooth, there is soft tissue made up of blood vessels and nerves that help your tooth grow and develop. When germs enter the tooth through cavities, cracks, or defective fillings, they can infect the pulp and lead to an abscess.

An abscessed tooth can cause anything from mild discomfort to excruciating pain and swelling. Your dentist will be able to spot an abscess during a dental x-ray or other telltale changes the tooth makes. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can lead to serious oral health problems.

You can get another cavity on a tooth that has previously undergone a root canal. Also, root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage.

Root canals are invasive procedures that may cause discomfort during healing. The best way to avoid needing a root canal is to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist for a routine exam and cleaning every 6 months.

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If you’re experiencing significant tooth pain, a root canal may be needed. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns, and we can get you in to see us as soon as possible!

Where to Find Us

Find us on the corner of Pine Creek Road and Heritage Lake Drive, right beside Pizza on Pointe.

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Unit 400, 412 Pine Creek Road
Heritage Pointe, AB T1S 4J9

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8 AM3:30 PM
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