ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure use to repair and save a tooth that is badly damage or decayed and becomes infected. The root canal treatment is a better alternative than extraction. Especially if the tooth has good bone support and healthy gums beneath it. Patients typically need root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. Symptoms that indicate that you need a root canal include swelling of the gums and face, tooth discoloration, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, pain when pressure is applied and severe tooth ache that doesn’t go away.
There are several benefits of doing root canal treatment to your damaged and infected tooth:
- Prevent infection from spreading to other teeth
- Easy the symptoms and pain caused by an infected tooth
- Save tooth and eliminate the need for tooth extraction
WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF THE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?
Before our dental professionals at Hamlin Dental start with the procedure, feel free to ask any concerns, our dentists can answer any questions you have about the procedure.
Root canal procedure is typically done in 1 or 2 visits depending on the amount of infection in your tooth. Before beginning, an x-ray of the damaged tooth will be taken to ensure that root canal is the appropriate treatment option. First our Hamlin Dental professional will numb the area where the tooth is located and the surrounding gums. A rubber dam is placed to isolates the tooth and keeps it dry during the procedure. Tiny dental instruments are used to remove the nerve, once is removed, the canals are cleaned and disinfected, and then, a temporary filling is placed to seal the tooth and prevent bacteria from re-entering. A final restoration will be needed after the root canal tooth is completely healed, check with your dental professionals the options that you have.
After the root canal is done, some patients may have some discomfort and/or the patient may notice some sensitivity for the first few days. These symptoms are normal and can be managed with a prescription from your dentist or over-the-counter pain relievers. Also, the dentist will prescribe antibiotics in case is needed. Root canal treatments are considered safe and effective.
If you have any or all of the symptoms named above, do not hesitate to call any of our Hamlin Dental offices to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection can result in an abscess or the loss of the tooth. We are always ready to serve all of our patients at any of our three locations in the San Fernando Valley.