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Tustin / Santa Ana Root Canal
Sometimes the soft tissue inside the tooth, known as the dental pulp, becomes inflamed or infected. This may occur because of poor oral hygiene that has led to tooth decay, a badly fitted crown, a crack or chip in the tooth or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Because this tissue includes nerves, inflammation and infection can cause significant tooth pain.
In this circumstance, a patient may require a root canal procedure to avoid tooth extraction. People tend to avoid root canals because of a fear of pain. A modern root canal treatment is virtually painless and is not much different from getting a tooth filled.
If you are experiencing a serious toothache or other symptoms of an infected tooth, you might need a root canal. Tustin and Santa Ana dentists at LifeTime Smiles of OC would be happy to explain the procedure and what it involves during consultation.
When Root Canal Should Be Performed
The most obvious sign a tooth has a problem and needs attention is pain, which can present in various ways as any of the following:
- Consistent pain in a certain tooth
- Pain that interrupts sleep every night
- Pain that occurs with cold or heat exposure and lasts for more than a couple of seconds
When a tooth contains a big cavity that does not cause discomfort or sensitivity, it can be an indication the nerve has died, and the tooth requires a root canal.
Root Canal Treatment Tustin / Santa Ana
When a tooth is infected, there is nowhere for the bacterial buildup to go, which is what causes pain and pressure. A root canal treatment will remove the decay that is destroying the tooth. The dentist will clean inside the root canals (i.e., the inner chambers) of the tooth to get rid of the infection and disinfected the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it is covered with a dental crown, which provides strength and structure. The crown will be customized to match the surrounding teeth in size, shape and color.
The root canal process can take multiple appointments, and the patient may have to take antibiotics if the infection is severe.
Root Canal Benefits
Modern dentistry is based on the idea that patients should always try to save their teeth. Doing so keeps the jaw stable and provides a solid foundation for the bite. In addition to normal chewing activity and having a beautiful smile, teeth fill out the facial structure. Too many missing teeth can give the cheeks a sunken appearance, making a person look much older than they are. A root canal procedure is also less costly than having dentures made or having a dental implant placed.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Root Canal Therapy
Even if a tooth is badly infected, it may not have to be extracted. Those suffering from chronic tooth pain should consult with a dentist to discuss their treatment options, including the root canal procedure. Call or email LifeTime Smiles of OC to learn more about how our Santa Ana / Tustin root canal dentists can help you enjoy optimal oral health and function.