Root Canal FAQs
Do you know what happens during a root canal? Glendale, CA, dentist Dr. Navasart Kazazian and oral surgeon Dr. Apel Keuroghlian of New Smile Dental Group share some information about this important tooth-saving procedure.
What is a root canal?
From the patient's perspective, a root canal isn't that much different than receiving a filling. The procedure involves injecting your mouth with a local anesthetic that will keep you comfortably numb during your entire treatment. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your tooth's pulp is removed, and the interior section of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and the canals in the tooth are also cleaned and shaped with small files. After adding a small amount of antibiotic solution, your dentist adds a temporary filling to the tooth. In about a week, you'll return to our Glendale office for a follow-up appointment and permanent filling or dental crown to protect the tooth.
Why are root canals needed?
Root canals are used to treat an infection or inflammation in the soft tooth pulp in the center of your tooth. If you have an infection or inflammation and don't have a root canal, the condition of your tooth will eventually worsen. At that point, extraction of the tooth may be the only option. Root canals eliminate your pain and preserve your tooth. If your tooth is lost, you may experience drifting of other teeth, difficulty eating or jawbone resorption. Root canal therapy allows you to continue to use your tooth and helps you avoid these unpleasant consequences.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
Although the only way to definitely determine that you need a root canal is with a visit to the dentist, you may experience a few signs and symptoms if your pulp is inflamed or infected, such as pain in the tooth, swollen gums, and increased pain when you bite, put pressure on the tooth or eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. If you have an abscess, you may experience severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes and swelling in your face. Abscesses are emergencies and must be treated immediately to prevent the infection from spreading.
Root canals help you maintain your full smile. Are you concerned about a painful tooth? Call Glendale, CA, dentists Drs. Kazazian and Keuroghlian of New Smile Dental Group at (818) 547-4398 to schedule your appointment.
Interested in learning more about root canals from New Smile Dental Group?
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