Root Canal Treatment
If you are experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, it could be caused by bacteria that has infected the pulp inside a tooth's root canal.
Virtually painless root canal therapy performed at Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, BC, can relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.
Learn how our dentists, Alex Wong and Vanessa Lee, screen for signs of infection and treat symptoms. We also offer second opinions.
Experiencing Tooth Pain? Call our Coquitlam dental practice today
Tooth pain can be a sign that you have an infection requiring a root canal. If you have sudden or worsening pain or sensitivity, call our Coquitlam, BC, dental practice. We offer flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments. We will do everything we can to see you promptly, ease your pain, and restore your oral health.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment performed to resolve a dental infection. Bacteria can enter a tooth through cracks or cavities and infect the pulp (soft tissue that consists of blood vessels and nerves), which occupies the center of the tooth and its roots. Once the pulp becomes infected, a root canal procedure can be used to remove the pulp, replace it with an inert rubber-like material, and save the healthy exterior of the tooth. In most cases, the treated tooth is crowned for protection.
What Does Root Canal Treatment Look Like?
What Coquitlam Patients Say About Vitacare Dental Centre
I’ve been with Vitacare Dental for several years now and received treatment primarily from Dr. Wong but also Dr. Lee. The care is excellent! Both dentists are attentive and considerate of their patients needs and wishes. I’m very happy I discovered this practice.
This one is for Dr. Lee and her Amazing team. I came to Vitacare to give dentists another chance because I shouldn’t write off all dentists because of one previous bad experience (Not Dr. Lee and not this office). Not enough good things can be said about how patient and caring each member in this office is. Each one of them play a pivotal role on whether I will stay or leave. They have tailored each visit to make sure it gives me the least anxiety as possible. It’s been more than a couple visits now and I’m staying.
Why Get a Root Canal Procedure?
Our compassionate dentists are dedicated to saving your teeth from extraction. If an infection has entered the interior pulp of a tooth through a cavity, crack, or break, root canal treatment can save the tooth from being removed. A root canal can also prevent:
- The need for costly, involved implant (artificial tooth root) placement
- A painful abscess that grows at the end of the tooth's root canal
- Bacteria from eating through the tooth and entering adjacent teeth, your gums, and bloodstream
- Severe toothaches when you chew or drink hot or cold beverages
- Painful swelling in the face or gums
- Dark discoloration of the infected tooth
- Jaw bone loss at the bottom of the tooth
Remember, not everyone will experience pain or even obvious symptoms. During twice-yearly exams, we will screen for signs of infection to try and catch it early on.
True or False: Root Canal Procedures Really Hurt
The simple answer is false. Other than the quick pinch of our anesthetic needle, you might not feel any discomfort at all. Many patients say a root canal is no worse than getting a filling. Plus, Drs. Wong and Lee use very gentle advanced methods to diagnose and perform your root canal.
Get the Care You Need to Restore Your Oral Health Request a consultation at our Coquitlam dentistry practice today
The idea of root canal treatment might be overwhelming and possibly a little scary. However, root canals by our dentists are virtually painless, and can provide significant relief. Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Vanessa Lee are dentists who provide a wide range of treatments and flexible appointments so you can get the dental care you need to restore your oral health. Our dentistry practice in Coquitlam, BC, uses advanced dental technology and techniques to ensure your safety and a beneficial outcome.
Don't live with dental pain or risk your oral health. To find out if root canal treatment is right for you, call us now:
Vitacare Dental Centre Gets 5-Star Reviews
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Amazing experience, the staff here are very friendly and understanding. Painless anaesthetic, quick and clean work. I have severe claustrophobia and they took their time to accommodate my needs to make me feel comfortable. Beautiful decor, sanitary environment and the most up to date brand new equipment. Will never go anywhere else. Thank you.View On Google
How a Root Canal Is Performed
You might feel mild sensitivity or soreness for a few days after the procedure. OTC pain meds like ibuprofen can help.
Will I Need a Crown after My Root Canal?
Dr. Wong or Lee will likely recommend a high-quality dental crown be placed on the damaged tooth to protect it and fully restore its look and function. A precise digital impression will be made of your teeth and sent to a trusted partner lab. After a couple of weeks, you'll return to our Coquitlam practice to have your customized, permanent crown bonded to your tooth.
Four Reasons to Choose Us for Your Root Canal
We Work with Your Schedule
Root canal pain can strike anytime, so we offer flexible appointments on evenings and weekends.
We Use Advanced Digital Technology
Our practice is fully modern and digital, providing you with the most precise, effective diagnoses and up-to-date treatments possible.
Visiting Our Office Can Save You Money
Drs. Wong and Lee expertly perform root canals as well as many other dental procedures at affordable rates. This means you and your family do not need to visit an endodontist or other kinds of oral health specialists who may charge a lot more for treatment.
Patients Love Our Luxury Amenities
Our patients love our warm, inviting fireplace, plush, snuggly dental chairs, and complimentary coffee and juice bar. Your kids will really love our gaming stations!
Does Insurance Cover Root Canal Treatment?
Most insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of root canal treatment. During your initial consultation at our Coquitlam dentistry practice, your dentist will develop a treatment plan, and we will verify coverage to determine if you will have any out-of-pocket costs. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive care at affordable prices, so you can get the dental care you need.
Other Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
If the tooth is infected, why not just pull it?
It may seem simpler to pull infected teeth, but the first priority for your dentist is always tooth preservation. Even a single missing tooth can cause your jawbone to deteriorate, and a missing tooth could cause other oral health issues, such as shifting teeth. By preserving the tooth structure, we can restore your oral health and eliminate the need for restorations to replace the tooth.
Shouldn't I see an endodontist for a root canal?
Not necessarily. While an endodontist specializes in treating issues affecting dental pulp, Dr. Wong and Dr. Lee have the skills and experience to perform your root canal, as well as many other dentistry treatments. Unlike most endodontists, our dentists also craft and place dental crowns. By seeking care at our Coquitlam dental practice, you can receive comprehensive care in one convenient location.
Hear From More Satisfied Coquitlam Patients 5-Star Reviews
My whole family (including 2 kids under 5) recently started going to Vitacare and all I can say is they are great! I have never had such good and pain free care. 100% recommend Dr. Lee.
This dental office always provides a safe, positive , and welcoming environment!! the staff there is very kind and accommodative to all their patients needs, like myself. Going to the dentist has never felt better !!!:)