Root Canals at Medicine Hat

Are root canals a painful dental procedure? If your dentist has determined that you need a root canal you will be happy to know the procedure is painless. What? Yes, the reason you may need a root canal is from inflammation, infection or injury that causes you pain. The actual process of the root canal itself takes the pain away.

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Your tooth has many layers including the white enamel, dentin, and soft tissue called pulp. When your tooth is healthy all these layers are in harmony. When an infection develops in the pulp you will experience pain. You may also have symptoms of inflammation and swelling at the site of the infected tooth. It may be time for a root canal. Root canals are routinely performed due to extreme decay, multiple dental procedures on the same tooth, injured or cracked teeth or a bad crown.

Usually, a root canal is completed in one dental appointment. A second session may be required if the initial root canal treatment is not a success.

So, what is a root canal?  A root canal is a dental procedure to remove the infected or injured pulp from your tooth to relieve you from pain.

You may experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure but it will save your tooth from falling out completely or being extracted. Contact your dentist right away if you have pain or swelling at the location of the treatment. You will want to avoid chewing hard foods for a few days after your root canal to help with the tender feeling in your gums.

How do you know you need a root canal? When you visit your dentist, a recommendation will be made based on your dental examination and your situation. Your dentist will know how to rid you of any pain you are experiencing due to an infected or abscessed tooth and a permanent crown will be put on top of your tooth so it can be used normally.

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