Root canal treatments are performed to repair a severely damaged or infected tooth. The advancement in dentistry has made it possible to fix your tooth instead of completely removing it. At Capistrano Dentistry in California, we provide efficient root canal procedures to cure your tooth decay and restore its function.
Need for Root Canal Therapy
Our teeth comprise a soft core known as the dental pulp, which contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. When a tooth develops a cavity or has a crack, bacteria may enter the pulp and decay the tooth if left untreated. And consequently, the infection may spread to other parts of the mouth and may even lead to the loss of tooth and jawbone deterioration.
The causes of the infected pulp include deep decay due to an untreated cavity, multiple procedures on the same tooth, chipping or injury to the tooth, gum disease, etc.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
Some common symptoms of a damaged pulp that suggest you may need root canal therapy include swelling on the face or neck, severe toothache, inflammation in the gums, a hole in the tooth, wobbly teeth as well as hypersensitivity in the tooth.
The Procedure of Root Canal
To start the procedure, Dr. Ghassan Mehtar will place a numbing medication on the infected tooth and gum, after which a local anesthetic will be injected into the gums. Next, we will make a small opening in the top of your tooth to remove the damaged pulp. This pulp is removed meticulously using special tools known as dental files. The area will be coated using an antibiotic to make sure that the infection is treated.
Next, we will clean the canal and pack it with medicated material and finally seal your tooth using a sealer paste. Lastly, the small opening made at your tooth's top will be filled using a temporary material. This filling keeps the canals from getting damaged. You may also be prescribed some oral antibiotics to reduce the pain.
Post Root Canal Treatment
Once the procedure comes to an end, your restored tooth is expected to function normally and appear cosmetically pleasing. We suggest you follow good oral hygiene to maintain the restored tooth for a long time. Ideally, a crown should be placed on the tooth to restore its strength and keep it from breaking or crumbling when you bite anything hard.
If you want to learn more about our root canal treatments, visit our office, Capistrano Dentistry, at 32281 Camino Capistrano C-101, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. You can also reach us at (949) 661-9119.