Root Canal Therapy

An infected tooth nerve may still be saved with root canal therapy . If the tooth will be removed, surrounding teeth may move out of position and cause bite issues. If the tooth remains untreated, on the other hand, the infection can spread.

If your dentist is recommending a root canal treatment, don’t worry as it’s for the best. It is a safe procedure that's commonly performed in dental offices, as per the Canadian Dental Association.

What is a Root Canal Treatment

Also referred to as endodontics therapy, root canal therapy is the process of removing the infected, weak, or dead pulp from the tooth.

Inside the tooth is the root canal system, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. Nerves and blood vessels are responsible for tooth growth and development. However, when bacteria get to the tooth, the pulp can become infected. When this happens, the pulp has to be taken out or it will cause swelling and pain.

Through routine dental exams, your dentist may notice any infection, swelling, or changes in your tooth.

How Root Canal Therapy Works

Root canal therapy or endodontics therapy usually involves the following steps:

First, the root canal will be cleaned. Your dentist will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. A small hole will be drilled on the tooth surface to access the root canal. Dead pulp tissue will then be removed.

After cleaning the area, the tooth will be filled and sealed. Since the tooth is already dead, you'll no longer feel pain in the area. However, it will be weaker that’s why your dentist may also suggest a crown.

The crown will allow you to use the affected tooth as usual. Here at Chinook Village Dental, a crown can be done for you on the same day as your root canal treatment. We use the CEREC system to accomplish this.

Overall, it can take two visits to complete root canal treatment. Should you experience extreme pain after the procedure, let your dentist know right away.

Advantages of Root Canal Therapy

Although some patients may prefer getting an infected tooth removed, root canal therapy has several advantages, which includes:

  • Restoring the natural appearance of the tooth
  • Enabling normal chewing and biting
  • Keeping adjacent teeth from moving out of position
  • Preventing bite problems
  • Avoiding other teeth from working excessively, preventing excessive strain

How to Prevent Infections

Here are tips to protect your mouth against infections and gum disease:

  • Avoid sugary and starchy food; increase intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Brush teeth properly at least twice a day, once before bedtime
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Never miss your routine hygiene appointments.
  • Floss daily to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.

Root Canal Therapy in Chinook Area

Our dental office in South Calgary performs root canal therapy. If you feel you need this dental procedure or would like to have your mouth checked, contact us today at to book an initial consultation with the dentist.