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,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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