Root Canal Redondo Beach
Hearing your dentist mention the words “root canal” can send many patients into a cold sweat. But when you think of the alternative of losing a tooth and having it replaced with a costly dental implant, a root canal doesn’t sound so bad. It is always better and less expensive to save your own teeth than to have them removed and replaced with something else! If you’ve started to have any pain in your teeth and gums, it could be a good decision to give us a call at (310) 542-6988. Also, by calling as soon as you start feeling discomfort it may even be possible to avoid a root canal.
What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?
Cavities develop when tooth decay forms holes on the surface of teeth. If you catch this decay soon enough by visiting your dentist on a regular basis, all they’ll need to do is remove the decay and fill the cavity. Often times cavities do not cause any pain when they are still relatively small in size. So, it is often difficult to know that anything is even wrong.
But when that decay is allowed to continue, it will eventually eat through the outside of your tooth and infect the inside of your tooth where the nerve and the blood supply are. When the cavity causes an infection of the nerve it may then develop into an abscess. Root canal therapy is then required to save the tooth and clear the infection. The only other option to help clear the infection and the pain is to pull the affected tooth.
What Is A Root Canal?
Patients who come to us for a root canal, often ask what the procedure entails.
- The first step is to confirm that the nerve inside of the patient’s tooth is infected or the cavity has reached the nerve. We do this using x-rays. If necessary, we can run other tests (electrical, hot and cold, and percussion) to determine the vitality of the nerve.
- The next step is to anesthetize the area around the tooth (what most patients know as Novocain).
- Once the area is numb, the dentist will access the inside of the nerve canal. By precisely measuring the length of this canal electronically, they are then able to remove the infection, and fill the root canal with a rubber like material, called gutta percha, in order to seal it off at the root tip.
- The final step is to close off the access hole that was created at the top of the tooth, so that bacteria doesn’t get back inside and do any further damage. The tooth is most often restored with a crown to restore the strength and esthetics of natural enamel.
Signs You Need A Root Canal
If you’ve started to notice any of these symptoms, it could mean that you have more than just a cavity and may need a root canal. You should not wait to get your root canal completed since that may cause even more pain and complications.
- Sensitivity to cold and hot foods and liquids, even after you remove the source of heat or cold.
- Sensitivity to chewing certain foods.
- Pain that comes and goes in your tooth.
- Discolored tooth.
- Swollen gums.
Root Canal Recovery
After a root canal, patients should not experience much discomfort or swelling. During the days that follow, eating soft, healthy foods can speed up the recovery process.
We understand that dealing with dental issues isn’t always pleasant. That’s why here at Redondo Beach Dental Group, we do everything in our power to put all of our patients at ease. We do this by listening closely to all of your concerns and then talking openly and honestly about how we can help.
Give us a call today at (310) 564-2294 if you’re concerned that you might need a root canal or if you have any questions whatsoever about your dental health. We are here to help.