General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fullerton, CA
When tooth decay reaches the pulpy interior of your tooth that protects the nerves, you need a root canal to remove the decay and preserve the tooth. At Arya Dental in Fullerton, California, Saeed Mokhayeri, DDS, and Hengameh Safarcherati, DDS, provide state-of-the-art root canal treatments to restore your teeth and reduce your risk of tooth loss. Call Arya Dental or make an appointment online today.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
The hard enamel and dentin of your tooth protect a pulpy center, where the nerves and blood vessels that keep your teeth alive exist. If tooth decay reaches the center of your tooth, not only can it cause significant pain, but it can lead to tooth loss and other complications.
A root canal is a common dental procedure to remove decayed or infected tissue from the interior of your tooth. A root canal is a critical procedure for tooth preservation. Advances in dental technology, techniques, and anesthetics have made root canals much more tolerable than ever before. In fact, the procedure is painless.
What are the signs that I need a root canal?
If you need a root canal, you may develop a toothache or notice that one of your teeth has become more sensitive to temperature. You might also notice:
- Tooth darkening or discoloration
- A pimple-like bump on the gums near your affected tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums surrounding the affected tooth
However, you might not have any noticeable symptoms at all. The best way to monitor the health of your teeth is to have routine dental checkups including X-rays. Your dentist at Arya Dental is trained to examine your teeth for signs of decay and X-rays show decay on the inside of a tooth, where it isn’t visible to the naked eye.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Arya Dental right away to see if you need a root canal to save your tooth.
What happens during a root canal?
A root canal procedure is similar to having a routine filling. Your dentist begins by thoroughly numbing your tooth and surrounding gums and tissue. Then, using a special tool, they remove the decayed tissue.
After removing the decay, your dentist cleans any remaining debris from your tooth and fills it with a biocompatible rubber. They apply a cement-like sealant to close the tooth and prevent further bacteria or decay from reaching the interior of your tooth.
If your root canal was extensive, your dentist might fit you with a temporary crown to protect and support your tooth. You will have a follow-up appointment for your dentist to apply a custom-made permanent crown.
How should I take care of my teeth after a root canal?
As the anesthetic wears off, your tooth may be tender for a day or so after your root canal procedure. You should be able to control your discomfort with ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
You can eat and drink normally and should continue to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and floss at least once. Make sure to attend any follow-up appointments and continue to have routine dental checkups and cleanings.
If you’re due for a checkup or have a toothache that shows symptoms of needing a root canal, call Arya Dental or make an appointment online for an exam and treatment to restore and protect your teeth.