If the dental pulp in the root canal of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, our dentist may suggest a root canal to save the tooth. During this procedure, the infection is removed from the root canal (or canals) of the tooth and the tooth is sealed.
Sometimes, there will be no noticeable symptoms that the dental pulp is infected. However, keep in mind that tooth pain will often be present. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may become worse when you bite down on the tooth. Another common symptom is prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. The gums may also become swollen or tender near the damaged tooth. Contact our dental office immediately to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms. To lessen discomfort and swelling, apply a cold compress to the face in the area of the discomfort.
When you come in for your root canal in El Monte, California, our dentist will examine the tooth and take X-rays. The tooth and the surrounding area is numbed with a local anesthetic. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected pulp is removed. The area is then cleaned carefully. The tooth is then sealed with gutta-percha and the access hole is filled. Depending on your needs, a dental crown may be placed.
After the Procedure
Drs. Jorge de la Osa may recommend that a follow-up appointment be scheduled so that he can examine the tooth and make sure that the infection is completely gone. After your root canal treatment, be sure to take good care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. In addition, visit our office at least twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams. This will help the treated tooth to last for many years to come, and even a lifetime!
We welcome you to contact Sunshine Dental Group at 626.579.4274 today to learn more about root canal therapy and to schedule a visit.