Preserving Natural Teeth
Preserving the health and the strength of your natural teeth is our primary goal, but sometimes teeth become painful or damaged in a way that standard fillings are unable to fix.
Root canal treatments, endodontic surgery and endodontic retreatments at our Calgary dental office are designed to relieve the pain and severe sensitivity associated with damage or infection that occur deep within the soft 'pulp' of a tooth, or at the very root, below your gum line.
If you are experiencing recurring inflammation or infections, or have suffered a dental injury, endodontic treatment may help to restore your tooth's integrity, and prevent the need for an extraction.
Root Canal (Non-Surgical Endodontic Treatment)
When your tooth is infected, the bundle of nerves at the center of your tooth (the “pulp”) has been overrun with bacteria. You can count on our team to put your comfort first when it comes to root canal treatment.
During a root canal, your dentist will drill a small hole into the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned of infection. After everything is cleaned, your tooth will be filled with a composite material to help keep it strong.
While many patients still fear this common dental procedure, advances in dental technology, anesthetics, and sedation techniques now mean that this vital treatment can restore your oral health with minimal discomfort.
If you have had a root canal treatment that has not successfully resolved your symptoms, endodontic retreatment gives our team a second opportunity to resolve the issue and potentially save your tooth.
Pain and discomfort can recur if the interior of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed following your initial endodontic treatment. This can be due to new decay in the treated tooth, complicated canal anatomy, or a variety of other factors.
Opting for endodontic retreatment could allow you to retain your natural tooth, preventing the need for an extraction and helping to restore your oral health. With proper care, most teeth that have had endodontic retreatment can last a lifetime.
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms such as pain or inflammation, but no obvious problems are apparent on X-rays, your dentist may recommend endodontic surgery. Endodontic surgery provides your dentist with an opportunity to examine the entire tooth root, pinpoint the source of your discomfort and effectively treat the problem.
Endodontic surgery can be performed to locate small fractures or hidden canals, remove calcium deposits in root canals, or treat damaged root surfaces. These effective surgeries go a long way in providing relief from recurring infections and inflammation, helping to restore good health to your smile.
Treatment for Dental Injuries
A blow to the mouth can lead to damage below the gumline even if your tooth has no visible chips or cracks. In some cases, inflammation or infection can occur resulting in pain or an abscess.
Tooth luxation, or displacement of the tooth, is a very common dental injury. Treatment depends upon the severity of your case but typically involves cleaning around the root of the tooth to prevent infection, repositioning the tooth correctly, then stabilizing the tooth to allow it to heal correctly.
Although there is no guarantee that a tooth can be saved following a traumatic dental injury, receiving treatment as soon as possible after the incident helps to maximize your chances of saving the tooth.