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R. Asif & S. Gupta Professional Corporation | Root Canal (Endodontics) in Calgary

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Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes a tooth can become painful or infected for no reason or can occur if it has a crack or deep cavity.  When this happens, we do not have many options dealing with the painful tooth.

Our options for a painful tooth are:

1. Do nothing and let the tooth become more painful and become an abcess or swelling.

2. Extract/remove the tooth surgically.  This will result in guaranteed pain relief, but the loss of the tooth will result in more costs and treatments to replace the extracted tooth afterwards.

3.  Attempt to save a tooth through a Root Canal or Endodontics.  As doctors, we prefer this treatment as it is less invasive than surgery, and more cost effective than replacing an extracted tooth.


Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and is causing the pain.  By removing the nerve, we remove the tooth's ability to feel pain.  This procedure is statistically 90% successful.  Like any medical procedure, there can be failures due to the tooth's ability to heal.  After root canal treatment, if the tooth is not healing, the tooth still may need to be extracted or require surgery or retreatment by a specialist.

Our office uses Rotary Endodontics to perform root canal treatments utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool allows the dentist to perform the process with greater accuracy.  In addition, we use a digital device called Root ZX which allows us to find the exact lengths of root canals increasing our precision.  Most other dental offices do not use these expensive devices.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then open into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a rubber called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown.   During the root canal procedure, a considerable amount of tooth is removed to access the root canals.  This results in a weakened tooth, and will require titanium pins/posts in addition to the crown to make the tooth stronger.  Otherwise, an uncrowned root canal tooth can crack and break which may require an extraction.  We will not proceed to permanently restore a root canal tooth until the tooth is symptom free.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some tenderness following a root canal which will dissipate over time.  We will prescribe any necessary painkiller and antibiotics after the procedure.   The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, and allow you to sleep at night.  If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

Calgary Dentist | Root Canal (Endodontics). Riffat Asif is a Calgary Dentist.