Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in maintaining teeth by procedures that focus on the soft inner tissue of the teeth called the pulp. Endodontic treatment is essentially root canal treatment. The main goal of a root canal is to treat the infected pulp of a tooth, which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the tooth from future microbial invasion.
At Coastland Dental, your dentist in Burbank, we see oral health as the top priority. If tooth decay or periodontal disease has taken a toll on your mouth, we are here to save your teeth and your smile. Our team of professionals will work with you individually to deliver a treatment plan that keeps your smile safe and healthy.
What is Root Canal?
Inside each tooth is a central area where the nerves and blood vessels provide the tooth with everything it needs to survive. This area is called the root canal, and the bundle of material inside it is called the pulp. If this area becomes infected, it can cause severe damage to the tooth. When left untreated, not only do you risk losing the affected tooth, but the infection might spread to neighboring teeth, continuing the process.
In some situations, we may even invite a patient to visit for a same-day appointment if they show signs of severe infection. In times like this, a timely root canal can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth. So we encourage you to contact us at the first sign of symptoms to set up an appointment for an exam and treatment.
How Does a Root Canal Treatment Work?
A root canal procedure removes the infected area in order to save the rest of the tooth from dying. With the infection gone, a special material is filled in its place to keep your tooth functioning properly. Once the damaged pulp tissue is removed, we can then proceed to properly disinfect, clean, fill, and then seal the infected portion of the tooth. The tooth often requires a crown to protect the tooth.
With a root canal, it is all about timing. If you wait too long, it might be too late for the procedure. It is essential to schedule an appointment as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms. Regular checkups are also vital, as they can catch issues early on, giving your tooth a better chance of survival.
Signs you may need Root Canal Treatment
Here at Coastland Dental in Burbank, we recommend you schedule a consultation with our dentist if you experience the symptoms below. We strongly advise against putting off treatment, as waiting can only worsen symptoms and the risk of the infection.
- Teeth showing different shades of color
- Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
- Swelling and soreness of gums
It is important to remember that even if your symptoms are mild, seeking dental help is a must. If you have been experiencing tooth pain, but it suddenly goes away, this might be a sign that the infection has entirely killed the tooth. Don’t let it get to this point! Replacing dead or lost teeth takes more time and money than undergoing more routine procedures such as a root canal.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
What are the Post-Op instructions for Root Canal treatment?
After you receive treatment, the area will still be anesthetized for up to a few hours. That means you won’t have much feeling in the area, so avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may burn yourself. Additionally, be careful when chewing or speaking to avoid biting your cheek or lips. After the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some mild discomfort or soreness on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere from 7-10 days, but it is a completely normal part of the recovery process. Slight swelling may also occur, which isn’t unusual post-op. Continue to take any prescribed medication unless instructed otherwise by the doctor.