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Professional Root Canal Treatment in White Rock

Root Canal is the specialty of treating infected or dead pulp inside the tooth. This also includes assessment and treatment of the nerves within the tooth. If the soft tissue inside the tooth becomes infected or decays, endodontic treatments such as a root canal and root amputation may be necessary.


Call Smile Solutions Dental Centre today to learn more about root canal treatment in White Rock and if this course of action is necessary for you.

Cracked Teeth Treatment

Cracked teeth have many types of symptoms, including pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for pain to be inconsistent and not constant, making it harder to diagnose the cause of discomfort.


Chewing causes movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp inside the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will get damaged, and the tooth will be in constant pain, even when the jaw is relaxed. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the soft tissue within the tooth, which can potentially affect the bone and gum surrounding the problem area.

Types of Cracks

  • Craze lines: These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.

  • Fractured cusp: When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so a root canal is not necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.

  • Cracked tooth: This type of crack extends from the tooth's chewing surface and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

  • Split tooth: A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved.

  • Vertical root fracture: A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the tooth's chewing surface. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery in which a portion of the tooth can be saved by removing the fractured root. Otherwise, the tooth will have to be extracted.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal is the term used to describe the treatment of the internal portion of an abscessed tooth, dead tooth or a tooth damaged and exposing the nerves. The most common term for this procedure is a root canal treatment. A tooth is like a hollow tube open at the tip of the root and closed at the other end, the crown (the part that we see in the mouth). If the nerves and the blood vessels in this hollow tube get damaged, the treatment required is a root canal. The process is the cleaning of the internal hollow of the tooth and then the placement of special root canal filling, thus retaining the tooth in the mouth. If a damaged tooth requiring a root canal treatment is left untreated, the eventual treatment will be the extraction (removal) of the tooth.

Abscessed Tooth

A tooth becomes abscessed due to a bacteria invasion of the internal part of the tooth (the pulp). The rapid growth of bacteria produces pressure and hence extreme pain.


Dead Tooth

Quite often a tooth may be dead. The content of the pulp chamber dries up, leaving a void in the hollow of the tooth. Usually, heat can cause pain in such a dead tooth. Most often, a dead tooth is detected on an X-ray of the root of the tooth. Most dead teeth are a result of trauma (blow to the tooth).


Tooth with Exposed Nerve

Often an accident may cause a fracture of the top of the tooth. If such a fracture exposes the tooth's nerves, the only option is usually a root canal treatment. A minor nerve exposure may be treated with a particular medication and a filling.

Smile Solutions Dental Centre

Dr Nathan Kennedy – General dentist & Owner

Dr E.Bruce Kennedy – General Dentist

Dr. Jennifer Hermessman – General Dentist & Co-Owner

Suite #202–15451 Russell Avenue
White Rock, BC V4B 2R5






Monday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Tuesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Wednesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Thursday 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Friday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Sunday Closed

Service Area

  • White Rock

  • South Surrey


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