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Today’s Wetaskiwin Family Dental, post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, Doctor Mahoney determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, Doctor Mahoney will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are completed to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist near you will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Wetaskiwin Family Dental. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, call Doctor Mahoney now at 780-352-5113 for an appointment.

If you are unfamiliar with our services at Wetaskiwin Family Dental, be sure to visit our website at to get more information.  Doctor Tim Mahoney opened in 1983 here in Wetaskiwin. Doctor Mahoney is well-known throughout the state of Alberta as a provider of superior dental care, including dental implants, sedation dentistry, and Invisalign invisible braces.

In addition to general dentistry, we provide superior cosmetic dental services; everything from tooth whitening to complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers.