A root canal procedure removes infected tissue from the root of your tooth. Doing this can ease your pain and save your tooth.
Usually, you experience symptoms that indicate you need a root canal. But, in some cases, you might not show any signs at all.
Routine visits to Whittier Dental Center help identify unforeseen dental problems that need treatment.
A root canal will be necessary when the pulp that fills the inside of your tooth becomes infected. To save your tooth, you shouldn’t delay having a root canal.
Symptoms that might indicate you need a root canal include:
If you have any of these symptoms and they don’t clear up, reach out to Whittier Dental Center right away. If these symptoms go untreated, you could develop swelling in your neck or face or an infection in your gums, nearby teeth, and jawbone. Ignoring your symptoms could cause you to lose your tooth.
Before your procedure begins, the Whittier Dental Center team numbs the area around the affected tooth, making sure you don’t feel anything. They put a small layer of rubber around your tooth to keep it isolated and dry.
To begin your root canal, your dentist makes a small incision in your tooth, making a pathway to get to the infected area. He clears away unhealthy pulp and washes the area with water.
During the final step, he seals your tooth with a permanent filling or a temporary filling to protect it until you come back for a permanent crown.
Your tooth might have some sensitivity for a few days. This is normal. You can take over-the-counter pain-relievers, or Dr. Nourian can prescribe stronger medication.
If you have a temporary filling, don’t chew gum or eat hard-to-chew foods. You want to protect it from coming out.
Call the friendly staff at Whittier Dental Center today or book your appointment online if you have symptoms that indicate you need a root canal.