Root Canal (Endodontics)

Root Canal at Daniel Tebbi DMD Cosmetic Dentistry And Orthodontics,

Encino California 91436

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

You may need an emergency root canal if you experience any of the following symptoms.

Throbbing toothache

A throbbing toothache can be caused by severe tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth release acids to break down food and particles. Those acids also attack the enamel of your tooth. If it breaks down the enamel and reaches the pulp (nerves) inside the tooth, it can cause extreme pain.

You may also need an emergency root canal in Encino if you have a throbbing toothache because the tooth cracked, a filling fell out, or a crown dislodged, exposing the pulp.

A throbbing toothache can also be caused by an abscessed tooth, which is an infection at the root of the tooth or between the gum and a tooth that often causes a bump in the gum. In addition to causing a severe toothache, an abscess can also cause pus, bad breath, fever, redness in the gums, and/or swelling in the gums or jaw.

Swollen gums or red gums

If your gums look swollen or red, that’s a sign you may have an infection that is involving the pulp.  The swelling can press on the pulp which causes the tooth to hurt. If you can’t touch the tooth because it’s too painful, then you may need an emergency root canal treatment to remove the pulp and eliminate the pain.

Sharp pain when eating something hot or cold

If you experience mild discomfort when you consume hot or cold food or beverages, you may not need a root canal. However, if the pain is sharp or is interfering with your ability to eat comfortably, that could be a sign that the pulp is damaged and you may need an emergency root canal to restore your quality of life.

Pain spreading from tooth to face

If you feel like the pain is radiating from a tooth to the rest of your face, it could mean the tooth is beginning to abscess. To save the tooth, you may need an emergency root canal to remove the damaged or inflamed pulp.

Any of these symptoms could mean the pulp in the tooth has been damaged beyond repair and a root canal is the best choice to save the natural tooth. The first step is to get the source of the pain identified. Your general dentist can do the preliminary evaluation, or you can call our office in Encino.

We will diagnose the cause of your pain and determine whether a root canal is necessary. We will provide the necessary treatment to make you comfortable. Our goal is to eliminate the pain and save your natural tooth.

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