Root Canal Therapy
If your tooth is suffering from a large crack, cavity, severe pain, or an abscess, Dr. Lawrence Lai, General Dentist, might recommend root canal therapy to help save it.
Your comfort is always our priority at Sonata Dental in Airdrie and we offer sedation options to help you relax during root canal therapy. Some people even fall asleep during their root canal!
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals are designed to help save your natural teeth and keep you from needing dental implants or bridges. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, removes the living tissue inside your tooth, including the nerves, and excises any bacteria or decay. After this step is complete and your nerve canal is thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Lai fills it with composite material and antibiotic.
While it is common for patients to have some mild soreness in the jaw after the procedure, widespread dread about the root canal is likely due to people erroneously associating the pain the tooth is in before treatment with the treatment itself. If you have an infected tooth, it is important to act quickly to treat it before it becomes abscessed, which can lead to other health complications.
The root canal procedure is designed to restore your tooth to the point that it can support a dental crown, which is intended to protect the tooth's stability as nerveless teeth become more brittle over time. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Lai will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent dental crown is placed at your second visit to our Airdrie office.
In rare cases, if you have complex root anatomy, or if infection recurs post root-canal, Dr. Lai will refer you out to an endodontic specialist.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Lai may recommend root canal therapy if you’re experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
- Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the root.
Schedule Your Consultation With Sonata Dental in Airdrie Today!
If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lai as soon as possible.
Dental abscesses, cracked teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves and it’s imperative to treat them immediately to help keep the rest of your mouth healthy and pain-free – and to protect yourself from potentially dangerous systemic infections.
A consultation with Dr. Lai is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if root canal therapy is needed to help save the tooth that is causing you pain!
At Sonata Dental in Airdrie, we are committed to helping you restore your smile every step of the way with restorative dentistry treatments.