Root Canal Cerritos, Long Beach, & Lakewood
Root canal therapy preserves the health of a tooth suffering from infection and is at risk of being lost. Get the best root canal Cerritos has to offer with Innovative Smiles. Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth.
If you suspect you are a candidate for a root canal here are some signs to look out for. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Tooth and/or gum pain.
- Tooth is tender to the touch.
- Pus leakage.
- Tooth discoloration.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold exposure.
- Swelling around the gum line.
- Random, spontaneous pain with no apparent trigger.
- Persistent bad breath.
Reasons For A Root Canal
The following are common reasons and causes why you may need to undergo a root canal:
- Decay and infection has reached the pulp of your tooth.
- An abscess (pocket of pus) has formed around or inside the tooth.
- Injury or trauma has damaged the tooth.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding) has caused severe wear and tear.
In short, the purpose of a root canal is to remove the infection from your tooth while simultaneously restoring full function and preventing future infection. During the root canal, the infected material will be removed from the inside of the tooth to create an opening. The opening and interior of the tooth will create a canal for filling. The canal will then be thoroughly cleaned, medicated, and filled with a durable, rubber-like material. The filling material has very similar properties to the natural pulp tissue to support and cushion the tooth. After filling, the root canal will be “capped” with a natural looking dental crown on top of the tooth to seal and protect it. This dental restoration protects the teeth from additional damage and infections, while also improving its overall function.
A common concern for many root canal patients are the pain and anxiety associated with a relatively comprehensive dental treatment like this. At Innovative Smiles, you can have confidence that you will be in good hands. Our practice offers sedation dentistry options to ensure that you are comfortable as possible, with anesthesia making you feel completely numb and pain-free during the root canal. In addition to that, you can trust Dr. Jesmine’s skill, training, and experience.
Post Root Canal
In many cases, many patients experience immediate pain relief. But as you recover from the procedure, it is common that you may experience some discomfort. In about a week’s time, your pain will gradually diminish and eventually completely disappear.
Root Canal Or Dental Implant?
Upon assessing your tooth infection situation, Dr. Jesmine will determine and suggest the best treatment route for you. Depending on the circumstances, your best treatment may be root canal therapy or removing the tooth and having a dental implant put in as an alternative.
Call To Schedule An Appointment
If you experiencing a severe infection and believe root canal therapy to be your solution, contact our office to schedule your consultation today. We proudly offer expert dental care to the greater area of Cerritos, Long Beach, and Lakewood! Contact our office to schedule your consultation today (562) 247-3864.