Root Canals

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, saves an infected tooth. The infected or dead pulp is removed and replaced instead of the patient undergoing tooth extraction. If left untreated, the infection can spread and affect the bone and surrounding teeth.

How the Abscess Forms

The pulp is found inside the tooth. It extends from the tooth crown down to the tips of the tooth root. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that are crucial for tooth development.

When bacteria enter your tooth, the pulp can become infected. And when this happens, it may have to be removed. Your dentist can determine, through the help of a dental x-ray, whether you have an abscessed tooth.

Who Performs Root Canal Treatments?

Your dentist may perform the root canal. But in complex cases, you may be referred to an endodontist. An endodontist specializes in the treatment of tooth nerves or dental pulp.

Root Canal Symptoms

These signs may indicate an infection in the root canal system:

  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Severe pain when chewing
  • Tooth pain
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Tooth darkening

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal surgery can be completed in 1 or 2 appointments.

  • You will receive a local anaesthetic.
  • Your infected tooth will have a rubber dam placed around it to protect it from bacteria in your saliva.
  • The endodontist or dentist creates an opening in the tooth to access the pulp.
  • The unhealthy pulp is removed and the canal is cleaned.
  • Afterward, the canal is filled and sealed.
  • The opening of your tooth is also filled.

How Much Does a Root Canal Surgery Cost?

The cost of a root canal therapy varies case by case. Factors that influence the cost are severity of damage and the type of infected tooth.

It’s best that you come in for a checkup so your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan and an estimate.

Our team can assist you in checking with your insurance provider about the type and amount of endodontic coverage you have.

Learn More About Root Canal Therapy

A root canal treatment doesn’t make your tooth immune to cavities. Proper oral care is still crucial to keep your teeth healthy.

Here at Van Berkel and Associates, we use state-of-the-art dental technology to perform root canal treatments.

If you want to learn more about root canal procedures in Edmonton, contact our team today. Or, if you’re ready to consult with a dentist, you may book your appointment here.