The thought of a root canal can make you feel nervous, but a root canal procedure doesn’t have to be painful. Russell Coser, DDS, and the experienced dentists at Dental Excellence of South Bay in Torrance, California, perform root canal treatments efficiently, so your experience is fast and comfortable. If you have tooth pain and think you may need a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
The term “root canal” refers to the space inside a tooth where the soft tissue — also known as pulp — and the nerve are housed. When pulp becomes infected, it irritates the nerve and can be very painful. If left untreated, an infection can develop into an abscess that damages the gums and jawbone.
When the dentists at Dental Excellence of South Bay perform a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed. The empty space is then filled, sealed, and covered with a crown.
Untreated cavities, loose fillings, and cracked or broken teeth create openings in tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to reach the root canal and infect the pulp. Regular dental exams, good dental hygiene, and reducing sugar in your diet can help prevent bacteria from causing an infection.
If you have severe, persistent tooth pain — especially when you bite down — you may have an infected tooth that requires a root canal. Other symptoms of infection include:
If you’re experiencing these signs, it’s important that you have a dental exam. Infection should be treated promptly to prevent serious complications.
On the day of your treatment at Dental Excellence of South Bay, they take X-rays to identify the extent of the infection. Your dentist then uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. Sometimes they also place a rubber dental dam around your tooth to keep it clean and dry.
Next, the dentist creates a small access hole in the tooth and removes the infected tissue and nerve. They then clean away any debris left in the canal.
For the last step, the dentist fills your tooth with a special compound and seals the access hole. It might be necessary to treat the empty canal with antibiotics for a week, in which case the dentist gives you a temporary filling, and you return for a second visit to complete your procedure. Once the tooth is filled and sealed, it typically takes two visits to build and fit your crown.
If you think you may have an infected tooth, call the Dental Excellence of South Bay office or make an appointment online today.