Hearing you need a root canal probably didn’t cause you to smile and cheer. The good news is root canals aren’t as intimidating, painful, or invasive as they once were. In fact, a root canal can bring significant benefits, including reduced pain. A root canal can also help prevent you from losing one or more teeth.
At Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, endodontist Dr. Sean Fahid offers effective root canal treatments to protect and preserve the health of your natural teeth. Read on to learn more about this procedure and its valuable benefits.
Why you need a root canal
If you’ve been told you need a root canal, it means that the space inside your tooth that contains dental pulp and the tooth’s nerve is infected or ridden with decay. A root canal procedure eliminates the infection or decay, keeping it from spreading beyond the tooth’s chamber.
If you ignore the need for a root canal, you’re likely to experience increasing pain and worsened decay and infection, both of which can lead you to lose the entire tooth. If the issues spread broadly enough, you can even lose surrounding teeth as well.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- A pimple-like bump on your gums
- Discoloration of the affected tooth
- Inflamed, tender gums
- Sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages
- Painful chewing
- Pus around your tooth
- Throbbing pain in your mouth or jaw
Root canal basics
During your root canal, Dr. Fahid and his team will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area. This will help ensure that you feel totally comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. From there, Dr. Fahid will drill a tiny opening in the affected tooth and remove the damaged nerves, decayed tissue, diseased pulp, and any lingering harmful bacteria.
Next, Dr. Fahid fills the space with a special material to stabilize and seal your tooth. At that point, a temporary crown or filling will be placed to seal the hole in your tooth. At your next appointment, the temporary crown or filling will be swapped out with a permanent one.
Many people feel tremendous relief after a root canal, given that the throbbing pain from the infection or decay is gone. Some people notice mild pain from the procedure itself, which tends to diminish within a few days. If you’re bothered by any pain, ice and over-the-counter pain medications can help.
To learn more about root canals or get the treatment you need, call Couture Smiles Dental Group or request an appointment on our website.