Dr. Neil Vora and Dr. Greg Villeneuve
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Root Canal Therapy

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

If you have an infection or severe inflammation inside your tooth’s root, often the only option to save the tooth is root canal therapy. An infection inside the tooth can happen due to cavity bacteria that “eats” its way to the “pulp” of the tooth. The “pulp” of a tooth is located at about the middle of the tooth. A common symptom of this spectrum of pulp conditions is pain, although in many cases it can also be silent and painless. A pulp infection or inflammation can also be a product of trauma, if you bumped a tooth in an accident or a fall. Pulp conditions can show up years after a deep cavity is filled or a tooth is bumped or traumatized.

Dr. Vora and Dr. Villeneuve have taken extra continuing education and are able to provide you with excellent general dental root canal therapy to effectively and immediately treat dental pain or infections. This includes front teeth, and back teeth like premolars and molars.

How Did This Happen?

Toothaches come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are related to the pulp and others are related to the gums while others can be related to sinuses, grinding, trauma, and still more causes. If your dentist has recommended a root canal, they have likely narrowed the toothache down to a pulp problem. There are various tests, that evaluated together, can help to narrow down a possible diagnosis and options for treatment. Diagnostic x-rays are very helpful for diagnosis, as well. It is best to see your dentist as dental pain can be very difficult to accurately diagnose without experience.

More often than not, cavities occur without any symptoms at all until it’s too late and the pulp has been affected. One more reason we stress the importance of regular dental visits is to ensure disease is caught and addressed before it has the potential to cause pain or tooth loss. This way a root canal can be avoided and fixed with possibly just a filling that is easier and less costly.

Teeth that do not exhibit any pain symptoms can sometimes develop signs like a “bump” or “pimple” on the gums that comes and goes. This can occasionally be painless, as well. The bump is usually an indication that infection has absorbed some of the bone and started flowing into the gum area.

How Bad Is it, Really?

Root canals have developed a bad reputation by way of old wives tales. Most stories seem to revolve around the pain of the toothache before any treatment, and in some cases the pre-treatment dental pain can be quite debilitating. There are many techniques, depending on the situation, that can be employed by your dentist to ensure that a root canal is performed comfortably and is truly a relief!

Root canals can also be performed electively when a large part of the pulp is exposed or to make room for bridges or crowns in rare situations. Also in very rare situations orthodontic treatment (braces) can lead to inflammation of the pulp which very rarely may lead to needing a root canal.

How Does a Crown Benefit a Tooth after Root Canal Therapy?

When a root canal is complete the tooth is often structurally damaged, and becomes somewhat brittle. As such a crown covers the tooth and makes it stronger to prevent any conditions requiring extraction like vertical root fracture (imagine wood splitting) or deep fractures of cusps below the gums. Typically if someone complains of a failed root canal it’s due to a catastrophic fracture that resulted from not putting a crown on the tooth to protect it.

Call Our Calgary Dental Office for an Appointment

At Currie Barracks Dental we work tirelessly to help you prevent pain and toothaches, but when they do happen we work hard to ensure that treatment is as comfortable and easy as possible. we are always happy to answer all your questions about your dental health. It’s always important to know your options. Let us help treat you right!