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New Westminster, BC / 604-524-0800

North Vancouver, BC / 604-986-0800

Root Canals & Crowns

Root Canals & Crowns

Your teeth have a very important job to do. In order to work properly, your teeth need to be strong and resistant to cracking. However, teeth that have decayed or been damaged are sometimes too weak to work as they should. Artis Dental Centre offers root canal treatments and dental crowns to ensure your teeth are strong enough to do their job.

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What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is a procedure we use on teeth that are affected by profound decay. If a cavity is not properly treated, it gets deeper and deeper, eating through the enamel and the dentin. If the cavity erodes all the way through the dentin, it reaches the nerve, or pulp; the tissue inside the tooth.

Once the pulp is exposed, it easily becomes infected, often causing significant discomfort and toothaches. Through the pulp, the infection can continue to spread, reaching the jaw bone, affecting the gums, and potentially even resulting in heart disease.

The best way to prevent infection from spreading infection is by removing the affected nerve tissue within the roots with root canal therapy.

What You Can Expect From a Root Canal

The best way to prevent infection from spreading infection is by removing the affected nerve tissue within the roots with root canal therapy.

At the start of the procedure, some local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort. Once numb, your dentist will make a small opening through the top of the tooth to access the pulp space. Through this access, the infected nerve tissue within the tooth is then removed, and the resulting canal space within the roots are cleaned and shaped. Finally, the same areas are then filled and sealed with a pink biocompatible material. Voila! Your root canal is done! The access chamber is then closed with a temporary material.

It is important to note that once a tooth has had a root canal, it must receive a crown to stabilize its strength. Without a crown, in time the tooth is likely to fracture and can even split vertically, requiring an unexpected extraction. So it is important to remember that even though you won’t experience any pain after your root canal tooth has healed, it still needs a crown for protection.

What Is a Crown?

A crown restores a tooth to a natural-looking shape after it has been altered by dental work. The crown slides down over a prepared tooth, covering it completely. It is then cemented into place, giving it stability. In addition to restoring the look and feel of your tooth, it provides strength and protection to the tooth underneath.

Dental crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic and can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth to give your smile a consistent look. Gold crowns are often fabricated for patients with very short and shallow posterior teeth.

How Long do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 years to 35 years. The longevity of your crowns relies heavily on your oral hygiene routine. It is important that you brush and floss your crowned teeth just as regularly as you brush and floss your natural teeth.

Dental crowns do sometimes come loose over time. If you feel your dental crown loosening or falling out, please contact us immediately. We will repair it as soon as possible.

Visit One of Our Two Locations

New Westminster Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Our New Westminster location is easily found on 6th Street, right next to London Drugs at Westminster Centre.

  • Address

  • 523 6th St
  • New Westminster, BC V3L 3C8
  • Monday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SundayClosed
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New Westminster Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Our New Westminster location is easily found on 6th Street, right next to London Drugs at Westminster Centre.

  • Address

  • 523 6th St
  • New Westminster, BC V3L 3C8
  • Monday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SundayClosed
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North Vancouver Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Our North Vancouver location is located next to Life Labs in the Thrifty’s Food Plaza.

  • Address

  • 845 Marine Drive, Suite 100
  • North Vancouver, BC V7P 3K6
  • Monday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SundayClosed
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North Vancouver Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Our North Vancouver location is located next to Life Labs in the Thrifty’s Food Plaza.

  • Address

  • 845 Marine Drive, Suite 100
  • North Vancouver, BC V7P 3K6
  • Monday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • SundayClosed
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