Root canals allow us to save teeth rather than extracting them. We know that many patients have concerns about root canals, because they are afraid they might hurt. However, with advancements in techniques as well as the instruments we use at MacArthur Park Dentistry, root canals do not have to feel any different than getting a filling.
Much of the association with pain comes from the symptoms that accompany tooth infections, which can be severe. Some of the symptoms you might experience include:
- Facial Swelling
- Tooth Discoloration
- Jaw Pain
- A Bump in the Gums
Often in the early stages, you may not be aware that you have an infected tooth. That is why when patients finally come into our office, they often come because they are experiencing extreme pain.
What is Root Canal Therapy
When there is an infection inside the tooth, the small chamber that houses the nerve and the soft tissue called pulp, it will not usually go away on its own and you may require a root canal to eliminate the infection.
Dr. Sam Koo understands the anxieties and concerns often associated with root canal procedures, and will ensure sure you are completely numb. Once the anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Sam Koo will make a small hole in your tooth in order to access its canal. He will then thoroughly remove the bacteria, infection, nerve, and pulp inside your tooth. Then he will fill the canals and add any medication necessary to help you heal quickly.
Once the root canal therapy is complete, he will seal your tooth to keep out food and bacteria. An additional restoration may provide more stability for your tooth.
Root Canal Restorations
Having a root canal makes your tooth more brittle than your other teeth. Since your teeth absorb a lot of force from chewing, a restoration can provide additional strength and stability. In some cases, a filling will be enough to protect your tooth, but for chewing teeth, like molars, we might recommend a dental crown that can absorb some of the force exerted by your jaws as you eat.
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