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Root Canal Treatment and Surgery

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Each year millions of infected teeth are treated and saved through root canal treatment.

It is quite normal for the inside of teeth to become infected or abscessed. The good news is that Root Canal Treatments (also called Endodontics) is common and very effective at restoring health and function to the tooth.

If you’ve been avoiding a root canal treatment or are suffering from ongoing pain and swelling around a tooth contact trusted Abbotsford dentist Dr. David Lim today. His gentle and caring staff will help make your experience pleasant and get you back on track to having great Oral Health and no more pain.

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What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from a tooth rather than having to extract the entire tooth. Each one of your teeth has a space inside the hard outer layer called the root canal system which is filled with soft dental pulp. The pulp has nerves and blood vessels that help your teeth grow and develop. Fractures, chips, cavities, cracks and even trauma to the tooth can cause bacteria to enter these cavities and cause an infection in the pulp. Eventually the tooth can become painfully abscessed from the infected pulp. A root canal removes the infected pulp and removes the risk of oral health problems that an abscessed tooth may cause.

Root Canal Symptoms and Pain

When your tooth starts becoming infected there are several root canal symptoms you may experience, including:

  • Severe toothache or pain when chewing.
  • Severe pain when applying pressure to the tooth.
  • Extended sensitivity or pain to hot or cold temperatures, even after the heat or cold is removed.
  • Discoloration or darkening around the tooth.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Persistent or recurring pimple on the gum.

It is important to know that sometimes there are no root canal symptoms and that only regular checkups with Dr. Lim can help monitor the overall health of your teeth.

If you’ve experienced any of the above root canal symptoms contact Dr. Lim to determine if a root canal treatment is necessary.

When do you need a Root Canal?

Typically people first realize they may need a root canal when they start experiencing unpleasant discomfort or swelling around the tooth. As a dentist, Dr. Lim can look for other signs not noticeable to the untrained eye that indicate a root canal treatment is needed. Additional tests can then confirm that a root canal treatment is actually needed. Remember that by seeking help at the first signs of pain prevents the tooth from getting more infected and potentially abscessed. Early prevention also minimizes the complexity of the root canal surgery, reducing both pain and cost will increasing the success rate.

A Root Canal Procedure with Dr. David Lim

Worried about root canal treatment and having surgery?

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide as to how Dr. Lim will ensure you get the very best care while in his office chair:

1. Dr. Lim applies freezing (local anesthetic) to the area.

2. A dental dam is placed around the tooth to protect the tooth from bacteria naturally occurring in your saliva.

3. Dr. Lim creates an opening in the infected tooth to reach the damaged pulp.

4. The infected pulp is removed using very fine dental instruments and the root canal system is also enlarged, which is referred to as the canal.

5. Dr. Lim will clean, fill and seal the canal.

6. Dr. Lim finally seals the opening of the tooth with a temporary or permanent filling.

7. Dr. Lim will discuss the best post-treatment plan and whether you may need a crown.

Dr. Lim also offers root canal treatments with sedation right in his office. If you don’t take freezing well or find yourself overly anxious about a root canal treatment then sedation dentistry may be for you.

Is there Pain after Root Canal Surgery?

General recovery time for wisdom teeth surgery can vary between a few hours and a couple of days. It is normal to feel some tenderness around the tooth for a few days as your body naturally heals. Your jaw may also be sore and keeping your jaw open or extended for long periods of time may be difficult. Usually post root canal surgery pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

It is also normal for the tooth to feel slightly different than your other teeth for an extended time after the root canal treatment. However, if there is severe pain or pressure several days after your root canal surgery you should contact Dr. Lim.

Please note that these are general recovery tips and that Dr. Lim will provide a recovery plan specific to your root canal treatment.

Other FAQ’s about Root Canals

You may still have several questions about Root Canal Treatments which Dr. Lim and his knowledgeable staff can answer for you at your next appointment or at your root canal treatment consultation. Some of the most common questions we get are listed below.

Does a root canal hurt?

There may be some initial discomfort during surgery and recovery time but ultimately root canal treatments relieve pain. Thanks to modern technology and anesthetics root canal treatments are no more uncomfortable than having a filling done.

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of a root canal depends on a variety of factors including which tooth is damaged and the severity of the damage. Call our friendly Abbotsford dental office at 604-854-1380 for more information about the cost of root canals and insurance coverage.

Are there root canal alternatives?

You may be debating between a root canal treatments or tooth extraction. A tooth extraction may deal with the issue but the gap left may cause your teeth to drift out of line and can lead to other problems. Dr. Lim will be able to inform you on each alternative and how it applies to your specific treatment plan.

What are some potential root canal complications?

There are some rare complications when performing root canals including the pulp canal being difficult to find, the root canal becoming reinfected and the tooth becoming more prone to fracture.

Do root canals cause disease such as cancer?

No. There is no scientific evidence linking root canals and cancer. Root canals procedures are safe and effective when done properly.

If after reading this page you think you may need a Root Canal Dentist contact our office to book an appointment. We are always accepting new patients.

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