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Getting Root Canal Treatments

Getting Root Canal Treatments in Calgary

A root canal can seem like a fairly intimidating dental procedure, especially if you don’t know a whole lot about it. In truth, however, you have very little to worry about. Modern dental technology can help ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience.

Still a bit nervous? Let’s put your mind at ease by answering some basic questions that many people have about root canals.

What is a root canal treatment?

Every human tooth has a root canal system which is filled with a soft pulp of blood vessels and nerves. A root canal treatment is the name given to the process of removing pulp from inside of your tooth if it has become damaged or infected. If the pulp is not removed, then the tooth may become abscessed.

What does a root canal treatment involve?

A root canal treatment always begins with the use of local anesthetic so that the affected area is sufficiently frozen before any other work is begun. A rubber dam is then placed around the affected tooth to keep the area free of bacteria and saliva, after which the dentist makes an opening in the tooth in order to remove the damaged pulp.

Does a root canal treatment hurt?

The only source of discomfort and pain that you should expect during a root canal treatment is the initial anesthetic needle. However, once you are numb you will not be able to feel the dentist working on your tooth. After the numbness has worn off you may experience some mild tenderness, which can be taken care of with over-the-counter painkillers. It is not common to experience extreme pain or swelling after a root canal.

Do I need a root canal?

Some signs and symptoms that the pulp in your tooth has become infected or damaged include; a discoloration of the tooth, swelling of the gums, extreme pain or sensitivity to heat or cold, and a painful toothache when any sort of pressure is applied to the tooth.

If you live in or around the Calgary area and you are looking to consult with a dentist about a possible root canal, then get in touch with The Dentists at Richmond in Calgary, Alberta today. We can help you decide if a root canal is the best treatment option for you.

Causes for Root Canal Procedures

Causes for Root Canal Procedures

Say the words ‘root canal’ and many patients head for the hills. However, there is little cause for concern. Hundreds of thousands of people in Calgary, Alberta and around the world have undergone root canals. Contrary to popular belief; root canals are not painful and in fact are often less painful than regular fillings.

Root canals occur when a dentist needs to find the cause of and treat a problem related to the tooth’s soft core – the pulp. When the pulp becomes diseased, the tooth cannot repair itself. If left untreated, the tooth will die, and need to be extracted. A root canal provides a safe way that we can remove the infected pulp and keep your tooth intact.

What causes the need for a root canal?

While good oral hygiene is necessary to maintain healthy teeth, it’s a myth that only people who don’t look after their teeth need root canals. Other problems include:


A decaying tooth is the most common problem. It can be treated early on by removing the decay and filling the cavity. However, if left too long, the tooth can become infected.


An infected tooth may cause a tremendous amount of pain and swelling along the gum line and is often the first sign that a root canal may be necessary.

Chipped or cracked tooth

People often leave a chipped or cracked tooth for too long before seeing their dentist or wait so long that the tooth starts to decay or becomes infected.

Clenching or grinding teeth

Some patients suffer from a condition called Bruxism, where they clench or grind their teeth while sleeping. Although preventable with a mouth guard, most patients don’t even realize they do this. The repeated trauma from clenching and grinding can cause the tooth to die out and need a root canal.

Repeated trauma

In Calgary, Alberta, we see many people come in with repeated dental injuries from playing contact sports. Eventually that can lead to infection and needing to have a root canal. Make sure you look after your teeth when playing sports. Always wear a helmet, face and mouth guard to prevent dental injuries.

Multiple dental procedures

Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if you’ve had multiple dental procedures on a particular tooth, it can weaken its structure and cause an entry for infection. Also multiple dental procedures on the same tooth may cause the tooth/nerve to get irritated and possibly lead to a root canal.

Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are ultimately the best way to ensure you avoid developing oral issues. But, as you can see, there are many other common problems that can lead to a root canal.

We are always accepting new patients and are available for emergency appointments. If you think you may need a root canal, and you’re in Calgary, Alberta, we can help. Book an appointment today with one of our highly trained professionals at The Dentists at Richmond.