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. This bundle of nerves and blood vessels is essentially the life source of your tooth. If this area becomes infected, a root canal can save your tooth and keep it alive.
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 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?
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. It may not sound fun, but it is crucial if you want to keep your teeth. And, we will let you in on a secret: it is not so painful as its reputation makes it seem to be.
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 to save the rest of the tooth from dying. With the infection gone, we place material in its place to keep your tooth functioning properly. Once the damaged pulp tissue is removed, we can then properly disinfect, clean, fill, and seal the infected portion of the tooth. The tooth usually requires a crown to protect the tooth.
Don't Put It Off
With a root canal, it is all about timing. If you wait too long, it might be too late for the procedure. Instead, you may need to have the tooth extracted. It is essential to schedule an appointment as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms. Don't wait them out. If the symptoms go away, it might just mean your tooth has died instead of getting better. 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. If a character has to get one, they always make a big deal about it. As a result, 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.
Part of keeping our patients comfortable is keeping them informed. The more you know, the more confidently you can go into your procedure. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer.
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.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some minor discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere from 7-10 days, but can easily be managed with pain medication. Slight swelling may also occur, which isn't unusual post-op. Continue to take any prescribed medication unless instructed otherwise by the doctor.
Schedule an Appointment Today
At the first sign of symptoms, we recommend that you come in for a visit. We can perform a quick procedure that will not only save your tooth but will see you leave the office in less discomfort. Don't let your teeth pay the ultimate price!
At Coastland Dental, we dedicate ourselves to helping every patient achieve excellent oral health. In addition to root canals, we offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures.
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