What is a Root Canal?

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The basis for a root canal is to treat a tooth that is horribly decayed or extremely infected. The entire process isn’t extensive, but it does need to be more thorough to ensure that the whole infection is cleared out without the chance of spreading. Once everything is said and done, your new tooth will function the same as the rest of them.

What Are the Signs That You Need a Root Canal?

If you’ve had an injury that chipped your tooth, or have seen a severe reaction from a filling or other dentistry work, it’s probably time for a root canal to clear everything out. Be wary of these symptoms that indicate you’ll need a root canal:

  • Intense Pain While Eating and Biting
  • A deeply cracked or chipped tooth
  • Long-lasting sensitivity to extreme hot and cold temperatures
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Brutal decay and darkening in gums

What Happens During the Root Canal?

The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and identify if there are any outstanding infections near the bone. Once the area is numbed and saliva-free, the tooth will be isolated. You’ll have a filling fitted to your tooth as a temporary placement until a permanent solution is positioned at the concluding appointment.

What Can You Expect Afterwards?

Of course, there is going to be some sensitivity in the area from possible inflammation; however, it can be easily remedied with pain medication. Although you may feel sore and sensitive, you can return to your normal routine within 24 hours of the procedure. Keep up incredible dental habits at home and schedule follow-up appointments regularly.

What Happens If You Don’t Get a Root Canal?

If you leave your tooth remains untreated for too long, you’re at risk of spreading the infection throughout your body. In severe circumstances, it can become life-threatening, so it is vital that you see your dentist to see what the next steps are for your teeth.

Cameron Family Dental

Whether you need general treatment or emergency services, our team is ready to provide complete customer satisfaction across the board. We’re excited to help every client that walks into our office. We are dedicated to providing incredible dentistry new and returning faces in West Covina. If you have any questions or concerns about our dentistry, please give us a call at (626) 962-6639.