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Root Canal An Overview

dentist for root canals in Calgary, AlbertaA root canal or endodontic treatment is performed when a tooth has become severely damaged or decayed, affecting the health of the internal tooth pulp, nerves or blood vessels. In some cases an abscess can form inside the tooth, causing sudden or throbbing pain. It is important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible if you experience any of the common signs that you may need a root canal. Dr. Shruti Chahal can perform a root canal to save your natural tooth from extraction at Foothills Dentistry in Calgary. We have extensive experience providing this general dental treatment for patients of all ages.

Common signs that you may need a root canal can include:

  • Change in the color of a tooth, often becoming gray looking
  • Sudden tooth pain, severe discomfort that may be localized
  • Trauma

A successful root canal treatment can help stabilize your dental health and your bite, keeping your natural teeth and bite structure in place.

Dr. Chahal has in office digital technology for evaluating the health of your tooth, gums and surrounding oral structures. A thorough exam and evaluation are the key to making the most appropriate treatment recommendation and the best possible outcome. Patients needing a root canal can benefit from our comprehensive dental services that enable complete treatment to be offered in our office, avoiding the need to travel to a specialist for care.

Root Canal What to Expect

After digital diagnostics are complete, Dr. Chahal will begin the process by numbing the area to be treated. We also offer sedation dentistry when considered more effective or for anxious patients. Your comfort is our greatest priority at Foothills Dentistry.

The first step in the root canal process is to create a tiny opening on the back side of the tooth. Dr. Chahal will access the infected inner pulp chamber and clean out the interior of the tooth to remove diseased and damaged tissue.

The tooth will be filled with a stable, biocompatible material known as “gutta percha” and sealed with a filling to prevent future infection. It is often recommended that a dental crown is placed to further strengthen the tooth and support a lasting result from the root canal. This may be performed in a subsequent appointment.

A tooth that has received a root canal can be cared for like the rest of your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits for routine dental care with Dr. Chahal will enable our team to monitor the long term health and stability of your root canal, spotting any developing concerns as early as possible for prompt intervention.

Root Canal FAQs

How painful is a root canal procedure?

Root canal treatment involves little pain because dentists use anesthesia or sedation to numb your mouth so that you feel no pain during the procedure. Once anesthesia has worn off, patients may feel some sore tender pain around the area of the root canal. OTC medication can be taken to regulate this.

Are you asleep for a root canal?

Dentists may give certain patients sedation for root canal procedures so that they are fully relaxed during the treatment. Ask your dentist if dental sedation is right for you.

How long does it take for a root canal to feel normal?

Patients should expect their mouth to feel off for a couple of days after a root canal. Patients’ gums may be inflamed, the area of the root canal may be tender, and patients may want to avoid chewing with teeth around the area for a couple of days.