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Root Canal Treatment in Coaldale and Bow Island: Preventing Tooth Loss

Many unpleasant experiences are described as being “like a root canal.” However, with modern techniques and anaesthetics, a root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than a filling and most patients actually experience significant reduction of the pain they were in prior to the treatment.

Typically, a root canal, also called endodontic treatment, is necessitated by a severe infection in the pulp under the hard layers of a tooth. The infection is caused by bacteria entering the tooth through a deep cavity, a cracked filling, or other cracks in the enamel.

A root canal is usually performed with a local anaesthetic. Once the area is numb, we:

  • Create an opening in the tooth to access the root canal system
  • Enlarge the root canal slightly to permit thorough cleaning
  • Clean and clear away all infected tissue with fine dental instruments
  • Seal the canal to prevent further infection
  • Seal the initial opening as well with a temporary or permanent filling

Following the root canal, we restore the shape of the tooth with a crown or permanent filling. Typically, a tooth in the back will require a crown to withstand the force of chewing. If there’s not enough of the tooth left to hold the crown, we may use posts to support the crown.

Avoid Tooth Extraction with Root Canal Treatment

Most root canal treatments are successful, preventing the need for a tooth extraction and the problems that are associated with missing teeth. Following root canal treatment, most of our patients experience little more than some lingering tenderness that fades in a few days. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help the treated tooth stay healthy.

If you are experiencing toothache, visit Coaldale Dental Centre – you don’t have to live with the pain!

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1719 20th Avenue, Coaldale, AB, T1M 1K8


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135 5th Avenue W, Bow Island, AB, T0K 0G0


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