What Is a Root Canal?
The root canal is an inner chamber of the tooth filled with sensitive pulp and nerve tissue. When the pulp becomes infected, the result is severe pain. The chamber needs to be cleaned out and filled with a composite in order to stop infection from spreading to the surrounding teeth.
But there’s no need to worry! Though the procedure’s had a bad reputation in the past, with modern technology, root canal therapy is now quick, efficient, and painless.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infections
You may be suffering from a root canal infection if you’re experiencing:
- Intense, localized pain when chewing or biting.
- Swelling in the neck, head, or face.
- Fluid drainage or discharge around a certain tooth.
- Prolonged sensitivity to extreme heat or cold, even after the hot or cold thing has been removed from the mouth.
If any or all of these symptoms occur, please visit our office immediately.
Root Canal Therapy and Procedure
Root canal therapy is a relatively simple and highly effective procedure. Our in-house endodontist at Scott R. Adishian, D.D.S. Inc. can treat you right here in Arcadia, so there’s no need for us to refer you out to a specialist.
When you come in for treatment, we’ll first use an analgesic agent to numb the area around the afflicted tooth. You can also opt for sedation dentistry if it will make you feel more comfortable.
Once you’ve been anesthetized, we’ll go into the root canal itself and thoroughly wash out the infected pulp. We’ll then fill the pulp chamber with a safe bone-colored composite. Lastly, we’ll complete the tooth with one of our beautiful porcelain crowns, and you’ll have full functionality of your tooth restored.
Root Canal Treatment in Arcadia, CA
For more information on root canal therapy and how to keep your teeth free of infection, give our office a call.
Before & Afters
Endodontics Post and Core Buildup
Broken Molar Tooth Prior to Treatment
Molar Tooth Following Root Canal, Post and Crown