A root canal is a “life-saving” treatment for a tooth that is infected or severely decayed. Dr. Kush Patel and Dr. Krutav Patel perform root canals in their Fullerton dentist office whenever possible to save a natural tooth and avoid the more complex concerns associated with tooth extraction.
Although many patients feel anxious when a root canal is recommended, most will report that the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling due to many advances in technique and materials. In fact, the tooth pain many are experiencing is relieved once the infection is removed.
Common signs that you my need a root canal can include:
- Tooth pain (may be sudden or severe)
- Increasing tooth sensitivity to temperature that may linger after exposure to heat or cold
- Darkening of tooth color
- A “pimple” like bump along the gum line near the affected tooth
- Sensitive gum tissue around the affected tooth
The root canal is the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. Root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.
Dr. Patel will explain the process prior to your treatment and ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area to be treated. The tooth will be opened with a tiny hole in the back and the infected tissue will be removed. Finally, we will fill the pulp chamber with a biocompatible material to avoid further infection and reseal the tooth.
In some cases, Dr. Patel will recommend that the affected tooth be strengthened with a dental crown for a lasting result.