We’ve all come across exaggerated fictitious scenarios involving dental treatments, but it’s quite possible that no procedure in all of dentistry is more notorious than a root canal. If you’d like to learn what root canals using modern techniques are actually like, call Lakewood Dental Centre at 204-977-8515 to schedule an examination and root canal consultation.
At our Winnipeg, MB dentist office, Dr. Doug McDermid, Dr. Rose K. Dhillon, and our experienced team offer many different dental treatments to help keep your and your family’s smiles healthy and looking great. No matter your particular scenario, if your smile is damaged, we will do our very best to fix the issue using various restorative dentistry treatments.
With our help, you just might be able to:
- Bite into your favorite crunchy or chewy foods without having to worry about pain
- Smile wide for the camera without thinking twice about a damaged tooth sticking out in your pearly whites
- Chew your food more thoroughly, helping you to digest it better and improve your overall health
- Enjoy compliments from friends and family because you’ll feel less self-conscious and smile more
Let Us Dispel The Myths And Provide The Root Canal You Need
Rather than causing you pain, root canals are intended to stop your discomfort and save your tooth from an extraction.
Maybe you’ve seen some movies or television shows that have taken advantage of the trope of the “sadistic dentist.” Or perhaps a friend or family member had a root canal done decades ago and still loves to embellish the story of the predicament they endured. Or even, you could have had a painful root canal done several years or even a few decades back.
Well here’s two pieces of good news for you if you are dreading fixing an infected tooth:
- Root canals are not what Hollywood makes them out to be
- Thanks to improved modern techniques, root canals are much more efficient and patient-friendly than they used to be
Some things that we have found to be helpful when it comes to dispelling fears about root canals is explaining the situation that necessitates a root canal and what the process of the treatment entails.
A root canal is required when the soft tissue and nerves inside a tooth (pulp) is attacked by bacteria, causing an infection. In order to save the tooth from failure and a tooth extraction, the infection needs to be removed.
If you visit Lakewood Dental Centre and need a root canal, we will thoroughly assess your situation before we begin to ensure the treatment goes smoothly. We will also explain the procedure to you so you will know what to expect before we get started. To perform a root canal, we will:
- Numb your tooth with an anesthetic
- Make a small hole in your tooth with special tools
- Remove the infected pulp
- Clean out the tooth with a special instrument
- Fill the inside of your tooth where the pulp was
Depending on how weakened the tooth has become, we may also recommend capping your tooth with a custom dental crown for added strength and protection, as well as improved cosmetic appearance.
So you won’t feel rushed, we can provide extended appointments by request and work at your pace. To make your visit more pleasant and help relieve your dental anxiety, we can also provide various comfort options, including:
- Warm blankets
- Calming music to relax you
- TVs to entertain and distract you while we work
- Cold water
If you are nervous about being seen or being able to see other patients during your visit, we can also provide a private care room by request. Just let a friendly team member know if there’s anything we can do to help put you at ease.
We also offer dental sedation. If you’re interested in this option, we will discuss it with you thoroughly first.
We can also help you understand root canals and the ways in which the pulp inside teeth becomes infected in the first place. The pulp inside teeth typically becomes infected when a large cavity is not addressed quickly enough and the decay starts to affect the interior of the tooth. That said, trauma and other factors can also lead to a root canal treatment.
Get rid of the infection and preserve your natural tooth by visiting the dentists at Lakewood Dental Centre for a root canal! Call 204-977-8515, stop by our conveniently located Winnipeg, MB dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to schedule or ask a team member questions.