Root Canal Therapy
Ask the dentists at River Dental in Medicine Hat, Alberta about root canals.
Why do I need a root canal?
If you need a root canal, your tooth has developed, or is very likely to develop, an infection in the pulp, the soft tissue inside your tooth. An infection in the pulp of a tooth cannot clear up on its own and can result in an abscess.
Once an abscess develops in your tooth, complications such as tooth loss or bone loss can result.
Because it is a serious infection, an abscess can even impact your overall health in a negative way. A root canal will remove the infection and prevent any future infections from developing.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that involves removal of the infected pulp tissue from inside the affected tooth in order to remove the infection and prevent future infection.
The hollow area is then filled with material and the tooth is commonly protected with a crown.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, our highly skilled team will place a local anaesthetic to the area where the root canal will take place.
Our team will use technological equipment to remove the infected pulp from your tooth and fill in the hollow area in the tooth.
We commonly recommend a crown on the root canaled tooth to provide long term strength.
What can I expect after my root canal?
In most situations there is no discomfort after a root canal, although some minor tenderness may be experienced for a short period of time.
You may be prescribed medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antibiotics.
After your root canal, you will be able to enjoy food and drinks without sensitivity or pain due to heat, cold, or pressure.
Questions about our services? Ready to book an appointment?
Contact River Dental today.