Root Canal

If a tooth's nerve becomes infected or starts to decay, our South Burnaby dentists may suggest a root canal procedure to restore it.

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What is a Root Canal?

A root canal procedure is performed when the pulp at the centre of a tooth becomes infected.

The root canal procedure eliminates the decay, bacteria and nerves that make up the pulp inside of a damaged tooth. The tooth is then filled with medicated dental materials, restoring its function.

Preserving Natural Teeth

A root canal procedure allows your dentist to save the damaged tooth. Without intervention, the tooth would not survive, and would need to be extracted.

Whenever possible, retaining the natural tooth is preferable to extracting it. Missing teeth can cause complex dental problems that can be difficult, time consuming and costly to repair.

For example, the surrounding teeth may eventually shift into the gap, causing misalignment issues. In some cases, the jaw bone around the gap may begin to deteriorate, eventually resulting in facial collapse.

Fixing a tooth with a root canal is comparatively simple and minimally invasive, and will prevent these sorts of issues from arising. 

Signs & Symptoms

The following symptoms may indicate that you need a root canal:

  • Gums displaying an abscess (or pimple)
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Toothache pain that is severe
  • Tenderness and/or swelling

Your dentist will be able to determine the cause of the issue and can suggest treatment. Call or visit your dentist if you think you may need a root canal.

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Oakmount Dental
5266 Oakmount Crescent Burnaby BC V5H 4S1 CA

Phone Number

(604) 438-8238

Hours of Operation

  • Monday:12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday:12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Thursday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday:08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:Closed

(604) 438-8238