Root Canal Treatment at Our Edmonton Dental Clinic
At Strathcona Dental Clinic we work with you to proactively combat tooth decay through regular check ups / exams and teeth cleanings. However, if you have serious damage to a tooth or a deep cavity, the best treatment option may be to perform a root canal. It is our hope that by explaining what a root canal is and how we take care of you, we can dispel any fears you may have about the procedure.
Why Dentists Perform Root Canals
If a cavity or damage is severe enough, the nerve of the tooth is affected and this can cause significant pain, especially with heat or cold. Tooth decay at this level can also affect your overall health, so it is vital to have the situation remedied quickly. The only other alternative to a root canal is to remove the tooth, which can cause adverse effects, dental implants, or bridge work. The truth is, a root canal is actually a simpler procedure.
"But...Root Canals are too Painful
Many people fear a root canal is a very painful process but if you require one, you have already endured pain far greater than you'll experience during the procedure. Dr. Wehbe is an expert at making dentistry as anxiety and pain free as possible (through sedation dentistry). While local anesthesia is typically enough for a pain-free experience, Dr. Wehbe is fully qualified to administer oral or IV sedation. We want you to be as comfortable as possible and we go the extra mile.
Root Canal Therapy: The Procedure
A root canal is a very detailed, yet simple process that is comprised of several steps:
- Administration of local anesthetic
- Placing a rubber dam around your tooth to keep it free of bacteria from saliva
- Creating a hole in the tooth from which to remove the pulp and thoroughly clean the root canal system
- Filling the cleaned canal, sealing it, and applying a filling to the tooth
- After a successful root canal is performed, a dental crown is needed to strengthen and protect the affected tooth
Once your procedure is complete, we will take the time to teach you how to properly care for your tooth and prevent future issues.
Ask us about Sedation Dentistry. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth and fear visiting the dentist, Strathcona Dental Clinic urges you to contact us to make an appointment for a dental exam at our South Edmonton dental clinic. Dr. Wehbe and his team will make sure your visit is a pleasant one.