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Root canals and other forms of endodontic care

Learn how the Bedford South Dentistry team can save a damaged tooth with root canals in Bedford

Endodontics is a special type of dentistry that focuses on the roots and nerves of teeth. At Bedford South Dentistry, we’re proud to offer endodontic therapy to our patients.

Endodontics

The centre of every tooth contains a pulp, which is comprised of nerves, arterioles and tissues. If this pulp becomes diseased or damaged, a dentist can use endodontic treatments and therapies to attempt to save the tooth.

However, not every tooth can be saved. In those cases, your dentist might recommend a bridge or dental implant. But rest assured, at Bedford South Dentistry, we always do our best to save a natural tooth if at all possible – it’s the healthiest option.

The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal, in which the damaged pulp is removed and the remaining space is sealed off. But endodontic treatment is also required in the case of a cracked tooth or any other dental trauma that affects the inner workings of a tooth.

If you’re interested learning more about Bedford endodontics, please contact Bedford South Dentistry and we’d be happy to discuss your options.

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to questions

Q: I’m scared to get a root canal. Are they really painful?

A: Root canals are a very common endodontic procedure, and there is absolutely nothing to fear. You will be given a local anesthetic (freezing) before the procedure, and you shouldn’t feel a thing. For about a week after the procedure, the tooth may be tender, but the pain will be minimal.

Q: What is a root canal?

A: You get a root canal because the pulp inside your tooth becomes diseased or injured. The damaged pulp is removed and the space is sealed off. Then your tooth will be restored with a filling or crown – that’s it!

Q: I’ve heard root canals are expensive. Does my dental insurance cover a root canal?

A: It depends on your coverage. Different policies cover different procedures. We would be happy to look at your insurance policy and try to help you better understand your available coverage. Just ask us at your next appointment.