From dread to comfort
Sedation if you need it
Remove infected tissue and seal the root
Anaesthetics and sedation dentistry if you need it
Heal the infection before it gets worse
If cavities or cracks in your teeth are left untreated, the nerve in your tooth can become infected. A root canal is required to save the tooth.
The longer you wait to have it treated, the more painful the tooth becomes and the more risk there is of the infection spreading throughout the tooth and even into other parts of your body.
Within each tooth are nerve and blood vessels, commonly called the pulp. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, it's very painful. This pain is usually due to cavities, fractures, trauma, or a deep filling. Fortunately, it's possible to save your tooth with root canal treatment.
During a root canal we clean every branch of the pulp to remove infected tissue. Then we seal the root, which helps your immune system overpower any residual infection in the bone surrounding the tooth.
Advances in technology, techniques and anesthetics have changed how root canals are done. Most patients report a positive change in their experience. They're now on par with the sensations you'd feel when getting a filling.
With proper medication and post-procedure care, most of our patients experience little or no pain after the procedure.
If you have any questions about this, talk to one of our dentists. Remember we can offer you sedation dentistry if you have concerns.
Keeping your natural tooth is usually the best option considering the time and expense of other options.
If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, we recommend tooth extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.
This can result in more treatment time and more work done on adjacent teeth and the surrounding tissue.
The cost of a root canal in Red Deer depends on how many branches in the pulp are infected.
If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket cost will depend on your coverage.
At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, we follow the Alberta Dental Association fee guide for ALL procedures and will be happy to provide you with a quote, direct billing, and financing through Dentalcard.