Restore Your Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

Illustration of woman's jaw radiating pain as she holds itRoot canal therapy is a common dental treatment that cleans and preserves an infected tooth. This can save the tooth from needing to be extracted, while protecting your overall oral health. In the past, this treatment was known for causing anxiety among patients. Today, however, with advances in technology and relaxing techniques such as Nitrous oxide, your root canal therapy can be completed quickly and with minimal discomfort.Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky and his team can diagnose your infection and provide treatment so you can find relief from pain and other symptoms. To learn more about how you can benefit from root canal therapycontact our Edmonton office today.

How Root Canal Therapy is Performed

Tooth infection occurs when the soft tissue within the roots, called pulp, becomes infected. This infection may develop because of severe damage or decay that has spread deep within your tooth, below the gum line where the roots lie. An infected tooth can cause a great deal of pain, sensitivity, an abscess on your gums, tooth darkening, and more. Left untreated, the infection will slowly break down your tooth, the gums, and eventually even the surrounding bone. 

To treat an infection, Dr. Podilsky will clean out the pulp chamber within your tooth and remove affected tissue. Before treatment begins, he will use local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Next, he will drill a small access hole, creating a pathway from the outside of your tooth to the pulp chamber. Next, he will carefully clean out any infected tissue and disinfect the inside of your tooth. He will then fill the remaining space inside the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. Lastly, he will seal the access point in your tooth, and your root canal is complete.

In most cases, root canal therapy is preferable over extraction. It is always best to retain your natural teeth whenever possible.

To avoid the need for a root canal in the future, it is important to maintain your oral health in between visits to Dr. Podilsky. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can do a great deal to reduce the likelihood you will develop a root canal infection.

Procedure Results

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Preserving Your Tooth After Root Canal Therapy

After root canal therapy, your natural tooth is left weakened because some of its supportive inner tissues have been removed. To protect your tooth after this treatment, Dr. Podilsky may place a dental crown. Crowns fit like caps over the top of your natural teeth. They diffuse the pressure that occurs when you bite down, preventing the natural tooth from chipping and breaking.

Dr. Podilsky may provide you with a traditional crown, which is made in a laboratory using impressions of your bite, or provide a same-day restoration created using CEREC®. If you choose a traditional crown, you will need to wear a temporary prostheses while you wait for your restoration to return from the laboratory. To receive a crown the same day, Dr. Podilsky will use our CEREC® machine, which is an in-office design and milling machine that can create your new prostheses in a matter of minutes.

To avoid the need for a root canal in the future, it is important to maintain your oral health in between visits to Dr. Podilsky. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can do a great deal to reduce the likelihood you will develop a root canal infection.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about restoring your health with root canal treatment, contact Dr. Podilsky and schedule an appointment today.