Preserving Damaged Teeth
Our Winnipeg dentists offer root canal treatment to relieve the painful symptoms of an infected tooth and help prevent the need for an extraction. Root canals can also help to limit the need for more extensive dental work in the future.
By removing the decay and bacteria from the inner tooth, your dentist can help halt the spread of infection and restore the healthy portion of the tooth. Once the infected and decayed tissue has been removed, your tooth will be sealed to protect its health and stabilize its structure.
Most patients who have root canals experience little discomfort or pain, and end up with a restored tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a procedure where your dentist removes diseased material (blood vessels, nerves and other tissues) from the interior of a damaged tooth. Without a root canal, damaged teeth will die and need to be pulled.
Your dentist will begin by removing the diseased tissue from the tooth. Next, they will clean and disinfect the inner chamber and fill it with medicated material to prevent infection. To finish the procedure, the tooth is generally capped with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
At LifeSmiles Dental, our endodontist Dr. Drew Bruckner is available to care for patients with more complex oral health needs.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below, contact our dentists:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness