A root canal is a very common procedure used to restore a tooth’s health and function after it has suffered significant damage, such as due to decay. There are roughly 15 million root canals performed each year, which is about 41,000 per day. As a family dentist, Dr. Moin and his team try to prevent the need for the procedure. However, there are times when a tooth cannot be saved with other treatments. Often, when a root canal in Northridge is recommended, many people become a bit hesitant. We have the information you need to feel comfortable about undergoing the procedure.
Why are Root Canals Needed?
A root canal is a specialized restorative procedure that is used to remove damaged areas of a tooth, as well as the pulp of the tooth. When a tooth has suffered significant decay, such as a cavity that has been left untreated, a root canal is often recommended. In addition, it may be needed when a tooth has experienced damage from an injury, has become infected, or has undergone excessive wear and tear.
Often, there are some obvious signs you need a root canal, such as if a tooth has a large break or if the tooth is extremely painful when pressure is placed on the tooth. When pain is significant, the tooth is likely infected.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
A root canal is routinely performed in our office using a local anesthesia to prevent discomfort. Prior to beginning the procedure, we will take images of the tooth to determine where the areas of damage are located. After the area is numb, special dental tools are used to remove the decay. Then, a pulpectomy is used to remove the pulp of the tooth.
Although the pulp is necessary while a tooth is still developing, your tooth will not suffer any negative consequences from its removal as it will receive nutrients from the surrounding teeth. With the damage and pulp removed, the tooth is then sterilized to seal out bacteria. We will fill it with a material known as gutta-percha, which is like a cement.
Now, the health of your tooth is restored, saving it from extraction. However, a dental crown will be needed to restore the function and appearance of the tooth. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that is placed over the tooth and bonded into place.
How Long is the Recovery?
Due to advancements in dentistry, a root canal is now often no worse than a traditional dental filling. For a few days after the procedure, you may have some tenderness in the area. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used to minimize discomfort. In addition, it will take some time to get use to the feeling of a dental crown, but within a few days, you will not notice the difference.
Where Can I Get a Root Canal?
As a Northgate dentist, Dr. Moin, Dr. Tabatabaian, or Dr. Huynh will provide the root canal necessary to repair damaged or infected teeth. We use the best advancements in dentistry for high-quality results while keeping your comfort in mind. If you have a toothache or damaged tooth, contact Oak Tree Dental Care today to schedule a consultation.