If a tooth's nerve becomes infected due to injury or decay, our Calgary dentists may recommend a root canal to help restore and preserve the tooth.Request Appointment
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that addresses the diseases and injuries of the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue at the core of the tooth.
A number of dental procedures fall under the heading of endodontics, including root canals, dividing a tooth in half, repairing an injured root, or removing tooth roots.
A root canal is a common endodontic procedure that is performed when the pulp at the centre of a tooth becomes infected.
During the root canal procedure, the dentist will remove the diseased pulp from inside the damaged tooth, then fill the tooth with medicated dental materials, restoring the tooth's natural function.
Whenever possible, retaining the natural tooth is preferable to extracting it. Missing teeth can cause complex dental problems that can be difficult and costly to repair, such as shifting teeth and jaw deterioration.
The root canal procedure allows your dentist to save a damaged tooth that would otherwise not survive, and need to be extracted.
Common signs that a root canal may be required include, pimples or abscesses on gums, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, severe tooth pain, and tenderness or swelling around a tooth.
Contact your dentist if you have any of the above symptoms. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and suggest appropriate treatment.