Hearing the words “root canal” often leaves most patients uneasy, because root canal therapy has a reputation for being very painful. However, the truth about root canal therapy is this treatment is actually used to relieve pain. In fact, root canal therapy is very similar to getting a routine filling completed. If you are visiting this section because you feel you may require a root canal or if you are presently experiencing pain, please call us immediately at (403) 255-1591 for emergency instructions.
Root canal therapy, also known as Endodontic treatment, deals with the treatment of the nerve tissues found inside the tooth. When the nerve has become infected, inflamed, or otherwise compromised, chances are you will require a root canal.
An infected tooth is generally caused by existing tooth decay or when the tooth has been injured, is cracked, or is broken. If you experience a toothache that worsens over time, you may have an infection, which ultimately requires the tooth to have a root canal in order to clear the infection.
During root canal therapy, the pulp (nerve) and the tissues that surround the tooth are removed to save a tooth that has either died due to trauma or has become infected because of a large existing filling, a broken tooth, or decay that is invaded the nerve. If you have a toothache that is not getting better, you don’t need to be anxious about root canal treatment! Modern dental techniques have made root canals much more comfortable than they were in years past. Most of our patient’s report feeling very minimal pain if any at all. We also offer Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide Sedation methods to help you relax during your root canal treatment.