Halt infections and put an end to tooth pain. Probably one of the most ‘feared’ procedures in dentistry, it’s often misunderstood. Root canal treatment is an effective way to put an end to pain while saving your tooth.
What is a root canal?
Also known as ‘endodontic treatment’, a root canal involves removing the infected tissue in the roots of the tooth. The canals are then reshaped through use of special files to shape and smooth the walls and ensure no tissue or infection is left behind, before sealing the canals with a special material. It may sound intimidating, but our experienced dentists have the resources and skill to ensure not only your comfort but a successful outcome.
What are some symptoms to look out for?
Potential symptoms that indicate you may need to visit your dentist include:
- Noticeable discolouration on your tooth: Extensive decay within a tooth often shows as discolouration on the affected tooth.
- Pain: Varies from manageable to unbearable, and can be triggered specifically by exposing the tooth to hot or cold food and/or liquids. In the most severe cases, patients can experience a loss of sleep.
- Swollen, tender gums: Hardly noticeable or pronounced, it varies greatly from person to person. More severe cases can include noticeable swelling in the face near the tooth and down the neck.
What if I leave the tooth alone?
It’s best, as with any dental pain, to treat it as soon as possible. If left untreated, it can become an abscess, which is a much more serious problem. Abscesses can lead to missing teeth and bone loss in your jaw in the long-term or even a more serious spreading infection.
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal typically takes 60-90 minutes, but more complex cases may require more time or multiple appointments to complete.
Are root canals safe?
Yes, it is proven to be a safe way to stop infection and save teeth. A very common procedure, there are over 25 million performed every year. That said, root canal therapy can leave your tooth quite brittle. To ensure the integrity of your tooth after this procedure, we recommend it be restored with a crown or veneer.
How much does it cost?
Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association. Each case is different, so we recommend you schedule a consultation for a quote specific to your needs. Private insurance does often cover the partial, if not full, cost of root canals. We also offer payment plans and accept all major dental insurance plans and credit cards.