Endodontics is a branch of dentistry concerning diseases that affect the tooth roots and the inner part of the tooth, called the dental pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues.
A tooth that is severely decayed or has lost a significant part of its structure can become infected or abscessed. When this happens, it can compromise the tooth nerve in the dental pulp, and you may feel significant discomfort or toothache. Endodontic treatment will assist you, eliminating the pain and saving the tooth with a procedure called root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is an excellent and highly effective therapy that can save a severely infected tooth. Without root canal treatment, we would have to remove the tooth to eliminate the infection. Here at Lethbridge Dental Clinic, removing a tooth is the very last option, and we strive very hard to save patients natural teeth. Root canal treatment is designed to get rid of the infection in the tooth and the tooth nerve. Our experienced and highly trained dentists use rotary endodontics and hand instruments to gently, yet thoroughly treat and restore infected teeth. The clinic is equipped with the very latest technologies, and we use proven techniques.
Often, people requiring root canal treatment are in significant pain. During your treatment, the affected tooth is numbed using plenty of local anaesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable. Next, the dentist will make an opening in the tooth so they can see the dental pulp. Specialised instruments are used to remove the pulp tissues that extend into the root canals in your tooth roots. Once all the infected tissues are removed, the tooth is disinfected. If the infection was especially severe, we might prescribe antibiotics to ensure it is eliminated entirely. The tooth is then sealed and is ready to be restored. Usually, it is necessary to cover the entire tooth with a crown, as it will most likely have lost a significant portion of its original structure. The crown ensures you can bite and chew properly and smile confidently.
At Lethbridge Dental Clinic our number one priority is you. We offer a large range of services including emergency dental care should you require it. Give us a call today to find out more or to book an appointment.