Root Canals

At Odyssey Dental Care in Winnipeg, our family dentists can save your damaged and infected tooth with root canal treatment. We care for the dental needs of the Winnipeg communities of East Kildonan and Transcona.


Getting to the root of the problem.

A root canal is necessary when your tooth has developed (or is very likely to develop) an infection in the pulp, the soft tissue inside your tooth. Once you have this type of infection, a root canal is necessary as it will not clear up on its own and can result in an abscess. If an abscess develops in your tooth, substantial complications such as loss of the tooth or bone loss may occur. 

What are signs that I need root canal treatment?

A simple toothache does not always indicate that root canal treatment is needed. At Odyssey Dental Care, we advise our patients to pay close attention to damaged teeth that are accompanied with the following symptoms: 

Severe Toothache

One of the biggest signs that your tooth is decaying is a severe recurring toothache. A toothache occurs because the nerves of the tooth are infected.

Swelling

Have you noticed that your gums have swelled and are sensitive? This may indicate that your tooth is severely decayed and the gums are infected.

Tooth Discolouration

When a tooth decays, the colour of the tooth changes to a yellowish shade. Tooth enamel (the outer part of your tooth) is what gives your tooth a white colour shade. However, when your tooth decays, it loses its white colour and the dentin layer inside the tooth, which is a yellowish colour, emerges.

What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

  • A root canal relieves severe pain and discomfort. 

  • A root canal is given to a tooth in lieu of a tooth extraction. This means that instead of losing your teeth, you get to salvage it, and enjoy its function in the mouth. 

  • A root canal saves you money and time in the long run.

What happens during root canal treatment?

At Odyssey Dental Care, we begin by applying a local anaesthetic and then proceed to remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Once the infected pulp has been completely extracted, we use dental material to fill in the hollow area in the tooth created by the extraction. Typically, we place a crown over the infected tooth to provide strength and structure as well as to protect it from future damage.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment is not painful. While there may be some discomfort, any pain is mitigated through the use of anesthesia. 

Is root canal treatment necessary? 

Root canal treatment is necessary if your tooth is damaged and there is a high risk of the nerve becoming infected. In order to save your tooth, this dental treatment is necessary. It is important to understand that tooth decay (i.e. cavities) can result in degradation of your dental structure, and you may lose your tooth if it is not treated promptly. 

What can I expect after my root canal?

More often than not, our patients experience very little discomfort although there may be some minor tenderness for a short period of time. We often prescribe medications such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. After a root canal, you’ll be able to enjoy food and drinks without sensitivity or pain due to heat, cold, or pressure.


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