If you crack and injure a tooth or one of your teeth develops a cavity and deep decay, you might need a root canal. Root canals provide a safe and effective way to preserve your teeth and prevent extractions. Family dentist Joo Hyung Kim, DDS, and the team at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry in Pomona, California, regularly perform root canals to save their patients’ teeth. If you’re suffering from a toothache and suspect you might need a root canal, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
A root canal is a common oral surgery used to remove infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The pulp consists of nerves, soft tissue, and blood vessels that help your tooth grow.
The pulp provides your tooth with nerve sensations such as hot and cold, but it isn’t necessary for your tooth’s survival.
By removing your inflamed tooth pulp, your Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry provider can preserve the integrity of your permanent tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
There are plenty of urban legends about root canals, but the treatment is safe, effective, and relatively pain-free.
Root canals work to treat infection or inflammation to the pulp of one or more teeth. You might benefit from a root canal if:
The most common symptoms associated with damaged pulp include swelling, tooth pain, and a sensation of heat in your gums. If you experience these or other symptoms, make an appointment at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry right away.
At Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry, the providers perform root canals as an outpatient procedure. Before surgery, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums.
Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully drills an access hole in the top of your affected tooth. Next, your dentist removes the infected or inflamed tooth pulp. After removing the pulp, your dentist cleans out the center of your tooth (root canal) using an antiseptic solution.
After cleaning and disinfecting your root canal, your dentist fills the center of your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Lastly, your dentist applies a temporary crown to the top of your tooth and writes you a prescription for antibiotics.
About a week later, you return to Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry, and your dentist does an oral exam. If your tooth appears healthy, your dentist applies a permanent crown, restoring your smile to its healthy, near-original condition.
Following a root canal, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Listen to your provider’s recovery instructions and take your medications as prescribed.
During the first 24-48 hours, avoid rinsing your mouth or smoking cigarettes. You should also eat a diet of soft foods, such as soup, yogurt, and oatmeal. Within five days, you should feel back to normal.
If you’re interested in learning more about root canals, make an appointment at Park Avenue Cosmetic Dentistry today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.