Root Canal Post Operation Information

The purpose of a root canal is to remove infected material from within your tooth. Once this material has been removed we sterilized the canals of your tooth and placed a tight seal to prevent re-infection caused by bacteria that are normally present in your mouth.

In most cases when a tooth needs a root canal, the jaw bone beyond the roots is affected as well. Now that the cause of this problem has been removed, your body’s immune system will clear this up over the next couple of days. During this healing phase, it is quite normal for you to experience some discomfort. Particularly when you bite down on the tooth it might feel tender. In most cases, a painkiller like Tylenol, Advil, or Aspirin will be sufficient to control this.

In the majority of cases, we have found that teeth that need a root canal are severely weakened. To prevent fracture and re-infection of the area, a gold or porcelain crown is most often recommended.

We can arrange this for you as soon as you can chew normally again on your tooth.

If you have any questions please contact our office at your convenience.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.


Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team

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