Root canal treatment is a vital dental procedure to rescue and preserve infected or severely damaged teeth. When a tooth's pulp becomes infected due to deep decay or injury, it can lead to excruciating pain and the risk of tooth loss if left untreated.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist carefully removes the infected pulp, disinfects the tooth's interior, and seals it with a biocompatible material. At Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, we perform this process not only to alleviate pain but also to maintain the tooth's structural integrity, allowing it to function normally.
Root canals are a crucial intervention to save teeth from extraction, ensuring patients can continue to enjoy a natural smile and full dental function while preventing the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth.
Symptoms That Could Indicate the Need for Root Canal
- Swelling around the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Bad breath
The Process of Root Canal Treatment
During a root canal, our dentist in Anaheim will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they will use special tools to remove the infected tissue from the tooth’s interior. Once the space has been cleared of infection, it will be filled with a biocompatible gutta-percha material. Finally, the dentist will place a crown over the tooth to protect it and restore its function.
After a root canal, it is essential to follow all aftercare instructions provided by our dentist. These may include avoiding chewing on the affected tooth for a few days and avoiding hard foods until the area has healed completely. It is also essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly. With proper care, your restored tooth should last for many years.
The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
It Relieves Pain
Root canal therapy is often recommended when a patient is experiencing severe pain due to an infected tooth. The dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area before removing the infected tissue. Once the procedure is complete, the pain should subside significantly. In some cases, patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms. However, it may take a few days for the anesthetic to wear off completely.
It Saves the Natural Tooth
If left untreated, a tooth infection can lead to tooth loss. By removing the infected tissue, the dentist can save the natural tooth and prevent the need for extraction. In addition, root canal therapy in Anaheim can help to prevent future infections by sealing the tooth and preventing further decay.
If you are experiencing pain or swelling in your teeth, visit Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, at 2415 West Lincoln Ave Suite A, Anaheim 92081, or call (714) 220-1032 to determine if you need a root canal or other dental treatment.