Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in maintaining teeth by procedures that focus on the soft inner tissue of the teeth called the pulp. Endodontic treatment is essentially root canal treatment. The main goal of a root canal is to treat the infected pulp of a tooth, which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the tooth from future microbial invasion.
At Coastland Dental, your dentist in Burbank, we see oral health as the top priority. If tooth decay or periodontal disease has taken a toll on your mouth, we are here to save your teeth and your smile. Our team of professionals will work with you individually to deliver a treatment plan that keeps your smile safe and healthy.
What is Root Canal?
Inside each tooth is a central area where the nerves and blood vessels provide the tooth with everything it needs to survive. This area is called the root canal, and the bundle of material inside it is called the pulp. If this area becomes infected, it can cause severe damage to the tooth. When left untreated, not only do you risk losing the affected tooth, but the infection might spread to neighboring teeth, continuing the process.
A root canal procedure removes the infected area in order to save the rest of the tooth from dying. With the infection gone, material is filled in its place to keep your tooth functioning properly. Once the damaged pulp tissue is removed, we can then proceed to properly disinfect, clean, fill, and then seal the infected portion of the tooth. The tooth usually requires a crown to protect the tooth.
With a root canal, it is all about timing. If you wait too long, it might be too late for the procedure. It is essential to schedule an appointment as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms. Regular checkups are also vital, as they can catch issues early on, giving your tooth a better chance of survival.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
The term "root canal" has gained a reputation from movies and TV. This procedure can daunt plenty of patients at first. However, not only are root canals a common procedure, but they are actually quite straightforward.
Most patients report that a root canal feels no different from receiving a filling. The area is anesthetized, so there shouldn't be any sensations beyond mild discomfort. You can speak with the Coastland Dental team before treatment to learn more about the numbing process and what you can expect.
What are the Post-Op instructions for Root Canal treatment?
After you receive treatment, the area will still be anesthetized. That means you won't have much feeling in the area, so avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may burn yourself. After the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere from 7-10 days. Slight swelling may also occur, which isn't unusually post-op. Continue to take any prescribed medication unless instructed otherwise by the doctor.