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Root Canal Treatment and How it Works

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

Clayburn Dental - Root Canal Treatment

Many patients fear a root canal treatment because they’re not sure what it is or how a root canal works, and they think it sounds painful. A root canal treatment is actually an effective way to repair an infected tooth, a damaged tooth or relieve consistent inflammation of dental pulp.

In many cases, without a root canal procedure, you could risk not only losing your tooth but opening up the surrounding area in your mouth to further infections. As such, root canal treatments are one of the most common procedures in dentist offices.

Many patients here in Abbotsford ask, “Will a root canal hurt?” and “Is a root canal necessary?” The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental personally assess the extent of the damage to each patient’s tooth and carefully analyse X-rays to plan for a safe and successful procedure and ensure that there is little to no pain at all for most patients.

What is a Root Canal Procedure?

The colloquial name for the procedure actually comes from a part of the tooth itself. The root canal is a space inside a tooth that is full of living tissue called dental pulp. A root canal procedure, officially known as endodontic treatment, is needed when dental pulp becomes infected.

What are Endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental practice of studying and treating dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft tissue that lives in the middle of the tooth in the root canal area that visually resembles a narrow, hollow vessel.

Dental pulp contains nerves, arterioles, venules and different kinds of tissues – any of which become damaged, a dentist is needed to help save the tooth with endodontic treatment.

What Are the Causes of an Infected Tooth for a Root Canal?

Any time a root canal becomes infected or is seriously susceptible to infection, your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental will recommend a personalized root canal treatment for you.

Dental pulp infections are the most common cause of root canal therapies, as bacteria from the infections often causes tooth decay that can permanently damage the tooth, leading to tooth loss.

Other causes such as tooth fractures or chips that are extensive enough to expose the root canal – in these cases, root canal treatment is a pre-emptive measure against tooth infection.

How Does Root Canal Procedure Work?

At Clayburn Dental, we personally examine X-rays of your mouth to ensure safe and effective treatment. After applying local anaesthesia, a dental dam is applied over your mouth as a protective shield.

With small instruments, we create a tiny opening in your tooth to access the root canal, and clean out the dental pulp and the surrounding area for disinfection. After filling the area, we seal the opening with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, biocompatible material and top it off with natural-feeling cement for a complete seal. For many patients, the procedure can often be completed in a single visit.

Will I Get Root Canal Pain from Endodontic Treatment?

Pain during a root canal treatment is easily mitigated and usually avoided entirely with properly applied anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia wears off, except for severe cases where the pre-existing damage was extensive, most patients experience only mild discomfort for a short period of time.

Root Canal Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full endodontic treatments to patients of any age in Abbotsford.

Whether you know have fully infected dental pulp, a small chip or fracture in your teeth, or even if you are just experiencing tooth soreness, come see us and we’ll be able to help you recover while making you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can customize a root canal treatment for your specific dental needs.

By : Clayburn Dental/January 11, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/ CommentsRead More

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Teeth

New Year’s Tips for Better Dental Hygiene


The New Year is right around the corner, and making resolutions is a popular activity for many of us.

Unfortunately, resolutions can be hard to keep, as most people end up breaking them by spring. That’s why setting realistic resolutions with concrete plans of action are best for achieving results that actually last for the whole year—and beyond!

A good tip to set attainable New Year’s resolutions is to focus on small things, such as curbing bad oral hygiene habits and picking up new habits for a healthier smile.

Oral hygiene is essential for both a beautiful smile and better overall health as well; but all too often oral hygiene gets overlooked because of our hectic lives.

Your local Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental has you covered. Read below for five simple tips you can start doing right on January 1st for healthy amazing-looking teeth.

1. Change Your Toothbrush Every 3-6 Months

Changing your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for good oral hygiene. Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush start to wear down and become frayed, rendering them less effective at cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, crucial for preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford recommends changing your toothbrush at least two to four times a year. Thankfully, New Year’s is a perfect time to set a schedule for changing your brush, because then you know to time your brush changes relative to the calendar of the month for each change of season, for example.

So make sure to bust out toothbrushes as a great stocking stuffer!

2. Floss Regularly

Everybody knows how important flossing is but the reality is that until the habit starts to sink in, it can certainly be challenging task to complete every day.

Flossing is the number one best way to help ensure a healthy smile not just because of how effective it is at removing plaque and bacteria between your teeth, but because of the room for improvement it represents in so many people’s daily hygiene routines.

Set small goals for yourself. Instead of thinking about how you have to commit to flossing every day for a whole year, commit to flossing every day for the first week of January. You’ll see how easy and quickly it can be done, and with that satisfaction, you can then tackle a whole month!

Soon it will become such a normal part of your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever went so many days when you were younger without flossing!

3. Healthier Diet

Eating healthier and cutting back on sugar goes a long way towards fighting gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. In fact, studies have shown there is a direct relationship between the amount of sugar one consumes and the amount of tooth decay they are likely to endure.

Start your New Year off right by committing to more days a week that you can set aside for healthier meals. Try to incorporate as much dairy into your diet as possible—calcium makes teeth stronger. High-fibre foods have also been proven to help clearing up plaque and food debris.

4. Quit Smoking

Kicking the habit and quitting smoking is the single best health measure you can take. Aside from significantly reducing your risk of cancer, there are huge benefits for your oral health as well. Quitting smoking cuts your risk of gum disease in half.

Try to find some alternative habits to keep your mind busy and preoccupied throughout the day as you prepare to leave smoking behind for good this New Year’s, and speak to a general practitioner if it helps.

5. Set a Schedule

Some people think that flossing or changing your diet are the most difficult New Year’s resolutions you can make. In fact, simply drafting a schedule you can stick to in order to keep your newfound habits may be the biggest challenge, since after making a schedule, it’s all downhill from there!

Make sure to see a dentist at least every six months for proper cleaning. Routine care is the most effective way of keeping your teeth clean and preemptively protecting yourself from cavities and gum diseases.

New Year’s Dental Checkups at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Get your New Year’s dental-cleaning routine off to a crisp start by scheduling your next dental checkup at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. We help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and your regular schedule on point, with flexible availability, schedule reminders and more.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online for a healthier smile for the New Year!

By : Clayburn Dental/December 19, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed by the Dentist?

clayburn dental - wisdom teeth removalRemoving your wisdom teeth is a common procedure nowadays for many dental patients—it’s even seen as a rite of passage for young adults, since late teens to early 20’s is a typical time for getting your wisdom teeth taken out.

But many people dread the idea of having their wisdom teeth removed. A lot of patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford express concern about the impacts of wisdom-teeth procedures.

Tooth extraction isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and for some people, even if the painful elements of the procedure itself can be offset with dental sedation, side-effects of recovering from wisdom-teeth removal can last for up to a whole week.

Many other Abbotsford dental patients wonder if extracting their wisdom teeth is even necessary. Some people think that if their wisdom teeth aren’t bothering them or causing any pain, then it’s not worth the risk to remove them.

It is true that an estimated 60% of all wisdom-teeth extractions aren’t needed, strictly speaking. However, there are still a lot of good reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth, many of which are preventative measures for good oral health later in life that aren’t even included in the above statistic about “necessary” wisdom-tooth removals.

Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford?

As mentioned, there are a number of reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth. Here are the three main reasons to get your wisdom teeth removed:

1. Damage to other teeth

Wisdom teeth are the molars that grow in the very back of your mouth, but they don’t erupt (i.e., break through the gum line) until young adulthood. Because they appear later in life than all of your other teeth, they sometimes cause problems, such as damage to other teeth.

Your mouth is bigger as an adult than as a child, with other teeth already fully grown in. This means that there might not be room for your wisdom teeth to extract properly. Often they come in diagonally, pushing up against other teeth, causing pain and bite problems.

And when wisdom teeth are pushing up or growing against other teeth, this usually means they only partially emerge, resulting in passageways around your gums that could lead to infections.

2. Gum infections and gum disease

Often when wisdom teeth erupt, they can swell the surrounding tissue area in your gums. When this happens, you open yourself up to an increased risk of gum disease and a host of other infection problems. Even if you don’t feel pain right away or it’s hard to see any swelling, the aggravation to your gum line can still be conducive to bacteria building up slowly.

Swollen gums also create little pockets of space around your teeth for bacteria to form. It is more difficult to clean these areas than in other parts of your mouth, and this bacteria causes cavities and tooth decay in many circumstances.

3. Preventative oral hygiene

Lastly, one of the main reasons dentists recommend removing your wisdom teeth has to do with keeping your teeth and gums healthy for the future.

Even if your wisdom teeth don’t erupt at an awkward angle to damage other teeth nor cause any significant swelling to infect gums, they still create four more spots in your mouth between teeth and around your gum line for bacteria to develop, increasing risk for problems in later years.

And since it’s also more difficult to extract teeth as you age because tooth enamel hardens over time, it is best practice to save yourself any trouble and prevent the problem from occurring before it even happens.

Deciding to Extract Your Wisdom Teeth – Talk with Your Dentist

You should always consult with your dentist about making a major decision such as removing wisdom teeth. Here at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we’ll provide personalized and professional feedback about what we think is best for your overall oral hygiene and whether wisdom-teeth extraction is right for you.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn about your options for wisdom-teeth removal at your Abbotsford dentist.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 22, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist/ CommentsRead More

Does Sedation Dentistry Really Work to Help Relax at the Dentist?

Sedation for Dental Fear and Dental Anxiety

clayburn dental - sedation dentistryDo you have a fear of the dentist? Many people experience anxiety while sitting in the dentist’s chair or even face panic attacks at the thought of going to the dentist. In fact, about 5-10% of the adult population suffers from an extreme version of this kind of fear, known as dental phobia.

Others can tolerate regular dentist check-up visits, but for more special procedures that sometimes result in pain for most people, the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair is daunting.

Dental sedation to help minimize or completely eliminate dental anxiety, dental fear or pain at the dentist is a common process for many patients. But different types of sedation exist for different circumstances, people and dentist procedures—and many people wonder if sedation is worth it and if it really works.

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford are highly trained and knowledgeable about dental sedation and applying different sedatives for our patients. Learn about the different types of sedation available to help you reduce pain and anxiety while visiting your Abbotsford dentist.

What is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is the process of using various kinds of medications to either help you relax, feel little or no pain or to put you asleep while visiting the dentist. Sometimes known as “sleep dentistry”—this term is misleading since not all forms of sedation dentistry involve putting the patient into an unconscious state.

What are the Different Types of Dental Sedations?

Local Anesthesia

Often known as simply “freezing,” local anesthesia is the most common and basic form of sedation dentistry with little risk. It involves isolating the part of your mouth that requires a pain medication and applying the selected aesthetic medication to that area.

Most local anesthetics are topical for minor pain relief or can involve a needle for procedures that result in intermediate levels of pain. The pain medication applied by needles usually comes into effect in a matter of seconds, so the pain of the needle is very short-lived.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation or Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is mildly inhaled before and during certain dental procedures to bring a general sense of relaxation and to help reduce pain at the dentist. It is an ideal option for people who express anxiety and want to feel comfortable while sitting in the dentist’s chair. Nitrous oxide is also appropriate for children who are afraid of the dentist or who have trouble sitting still.

Inhaled-sedation dentistry, when done in small doses, often is also conducive for driving home after a trip to the dentist.

Oral Sedation

Some anxiety pills can be consumed orally, usually an hour before the dental procedure, to significantly reduce both pain and fear for a trip to the dentist. Most dentists use Triazolam (originally known as Halcion), a member of the same family of drugs as Diazepam (originally marketed as Valium).

Triazolam produces drowziness but does not fully put you to sleep, so it carries less risk than general anesthesia. It creates a deep sense of relaxation with amnesiac effect; therefore Abbotsford dentist patients who take oral sedation experience very little or no pain and anxiety.

IV Sedation (Intravenous Sedation)

IV dental sedation involves putting you into a semi-conscious state through an intravenous needle to help you feel relaxed.

Many Abbotsford dental patients seek this type of sedative relaxation at Clayburn Dental. It places you in a semi-sleep mode where you’re still slightly awake but not conscious enough to feel much pain while at the dentist. It is handy for longer and complex dental procedures so that you don’t feel any discomfort while at the dentist.

General Anesthesia (Unconscious Sedation)

For Abbotsford dental patients who require very lengthy and invasive dental procedures or who experience severe levels of dental phobia and dental anxiety, general anesthesia may be an appropriate option.

Sometimes referred to as “deep sedation” since it puts you fully to sleep, because of your unconscious state, you feel absolutely no pain—or anything at all—while sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Does Dental Sedation Work and is Sedation Right for Me?

Sedation dentistry is a proven way of reducing fear, anxiety and pain while visiting Clayburn Dental. Your Abbotsford sedation dentists at Clayburn are registered to administer and monitor sedatives with the College Dental Surgeons of B.C. Of course, there is always risk, but it is generally a very safe and often nonintrusive way to help you get on your way to a perfect smile.

Sedation dentistry is right for people with dental phobia or severe dental anxiety, have a low tolerance for pain, sensitive teeth, high gag reflexes and/or need to undergo a serious and potentially painful dental procedure.

Always talk to your Abbotsford dentist about whether or not sedation is right for you. Those who are obsess, or have severe sleeping problems or other medical conditions should consult their doctors. Always disclose your medical history to Clayburn Dental before while enquiring about dental sedation so we can make safe recommendations to you.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online and learn how we can help you feel relaxed while visiting the dentist.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 08, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Sedation Dentistry/ CommentsRead More

Free Day of Dentistry at Clayburn Dental – September 23, 2016

Dentistry from the Heart 2016

Clayburn Dental’s 3rd annual Free Day of Dentistry is happening on Friday September 23rd! This is the day when we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us.

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8AM – 5PM

Address: Suite 400- 3033 Immel Street, Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2

Be sure to arrive early! The first 75 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.

A choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning will be performed for those 18 years or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, blankets, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

To share this event with your friends and family, please visit our Facebook event. We hope to see you there!

Check out a recap of last year’s event:

By : Stephen Wall/September 13, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

Free Oral Cancer Screenings April 9 at Abbotsford Dentist



Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental

is Happy to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings

April 9th 12pm to 4pm


There is no appointment necessary. Patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

In addition Clayburn Dental will donate $2 to the BC Cancer Foundation in support of Taste for Life – An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer.  This is Clayburn Dental’s 3rd Annual Free Screening event. Last year they raised $2,000 in support of BC Cancer Foundation.

For more information please contact Stephen Wall at

By : Stephen Wall/March 18, 2015/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

Calcium and Your Oral Health

The Benefits of Calcium for Your TeethThere’s a recurring news story about calcium supplements that a number of patients have found worrisome and confusing. It’s worth touching on and it reminded me that really, it’s an opportunity to talk to you about calcium’s importance to overall and oral health.

First the worrisome story. In August 2010 The British Medical Journal published a review of studies about women at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. Surprisingly, they discovered that women taking calcium supplements had a modest increased risk of heart attacks and no benefit from the supplements. Their recommendation seems reasonable: a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management.

Yet if you are over 60, your physician may recommend a calcium intake of 1,000-1,200 mg per day. If you have any concerns about the relative benefits of starting or continuing with supplements, I encourage you to discuss them with your physician. Their value to you depends on your individual health status as well as your diet.

Any balanced diet isn’t complete without calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones, which contain 99% of the body’s supply. However, the remaining 1% circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

If the level of calcium does not remain constant and adequate, your body can pull calcium from your bones which, over time, will lead to osteoporosis which can result in broken bones. Inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to health issues such as hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure.

In general, experts believe that North Americans, particularly adults, do not consume enough calcium each day. But how much calcium do you need for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones?

The most effective amount for adults is from 800-1,200 mg of calcium a day combined with a good exercise program. Remember vitamin D3 for helping your body absorb calcium.

Calcium is especially important for growing children. We recommend 500-700 mg a day of calcium for children depending on their age and significantly more for teenagers and expectant or nursing mothers.

Many things we eat and drink have calcium in them, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk or an equivalent measure of yogurt or cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). You can add milk to soups, sauces, and desserts. Coffee cream, artificial creamer, and whipped topping as well as cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream, contain little or no calcium, but you can replace sour cream or cream cheese with fat-free yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

If you can’t tolerate dairy, then fortified alternatives made from almonds, soy, or rice are an option, as well as fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon. Nuts like almonds are also high in calcium.

Regardless of your age, calcium provides many benefits for your oral and overall health. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough dietary calcium, please ask your physician or our dental team, to suggest ways to achieve the calcium intake that’s right for you.

By : Stephen Wall/November 07, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community, General, Oral Health/ CommentsRead More

Mint – Not Just for Bad Breath!

Mints - Not Just for Bad Breath!You probably associate mint with toothpaste or breath freshener, but since time immemorial, its essential oil has been used as an herbal remedy and as a distinct flavoring for food. Today, both peppermint and spearmint continue to be very popular for cooking, and if you don’t grow your own, mint can easily be found at the local grocer. Try these 7 mint hints: steam vegetables with mint in the water, mix chopped mint with butter to use on boiled potatoes, freeze whole mint leaves in ice cubes for tea or lemonade, add mint to your home-made oil and vinegar salad dressing, use it to garnish desserts, vegetables, or roasts, and chew some fresh mint to cleanse your palate and your breath!

By : Stephen Wall/October 08, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General/ CommentsRead More

Eating Nutritious Food is as Important as Not Eating Junk

Eating Nutritious FoodEating more nutritious food is probably just as important as staying away from sticky, sugary, cavity-causing foods. Carrots, just one example of foods that give your oral health a boost, can act like a toothbrush by scraping away some of the bacteria and plaque on teeth. High in beta-carotene, carrots may also lower your risk of oral cancer. (There is also evidence that beta-carotene may even help people who already have some forms of oral cancer.) In one study, just 30mg of beta-carotene a day (about 2½ carrots) produced improvement in up to 70% of cases of people with leukoplakia, the white lesions in the mouth that can mark the early stages of oral cancer.

By : Stephen Wall/September 05, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics, Uncategorized/ CommentsRead More

May 2013 Abbotsford Dentist Newsletter

A look behind the scenes at the goings on of your Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental. This month we take a look at trauma in children’s teeth, the benefits of crowns and bridges, plus a Wild Dental Trivial contest that could win you an iPod Shuffle!

Clayburn Dental, Abbotsford’s Dentist for over 25 years. Now Open Sundays. New Patients and Children Always Welcome.

By : Stephen Wall/May 16, 2013/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General, Newsletter/ CommentsRead More
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