Root Canal Treatment
Do you experience pain in your teeth when drinking cold water or hot food?
Does this pain stay with you for a long time?
Have you ever waken up at night because of tooth pain?
Is your tooth pain troubling? Does your tooth pain have a pulse to it?
Does your tooth heart when you chew harder food?
Does any of your teeth have pain when you touch them?
Do you sometimes experience a bad taste in your mouth?
Do you sometimes get swelling above the gums on one of your teeth?
If your answer to any of these questions is YES, you might need a Root-Canal. Call us at (310)-562-4746 and schedule your consultation in order to define if your health is at risk.
Every tooth is composed of the outer layer of the crown called enamel, the middle layer called dentin, and the inside layer called the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth.
Usually decay on tooth structure starts at the level of enamel and as it progress gets closer to the nerve of the tooth, chances of a patient having pain increases. At this point patients start feeling some sensitivity to cold, heat and sometimes sweets which do not stay for too long and goes away in few minutes or less than an hour. When the cavity (decay) gets exposed to the nerve of the tooth, most of the times it creates excruciating pain which is referred to as root canal pain. At this point of time root canal treatment is needed.
ROOT CANAL, in general, is the procedure that requires Removal of the decay from the tooth, removal of bacteria and dead cells from the tooth, opening the nerve from the top, cleaning inside of the roots completely and very accurately to the tip of the roots and also filling the empty space that was occupied by nerve and vessels with a biocompatible material so no more bacteria can get into the roots and tooth from above and from underneath.
Sometimes the nerve inside the tooth dies due to Trauma from excessive bite forces, physical trauma, chemical burn from excessive bleaching or other chemical or due to age. Body’s response in order to dissolve the dead nerve cells would be that your bodies white blood cells would attack the dead cells inside the root and create an inflammation that would eventually cause infection or can turn into a cyst on top of the roots. This so-called cyst can affect the surrounding tissue including the other teeth, your sinuses, your bone, the nerves inside your jaw and in the gum tissue. Sometimes the puss from the infection gets drained into the mouth cavity and gives a bad taste or even could turn into an abscess and eventually find its way into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in other organs of your body. A root canal must be performed to remove the infection.
Almost all the time after a root canal is performed, since most of the tooth had been lost due to a large amount of decay, the tooth structure becomes more brittle and is more prone to breaking.
That is why in almost all cases root canaled teeth need to restored by a full coverage crown to ensure that remaining tooth structure is protected.
PAINLESS ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE:
The root canal procedures in the past had a very bad reputation for being extremely painful, but in almost all cases, it is by no means an uncomfortable procedure, in fact, they could be even easier than a simple filling. Although it is somewhat more time-consuming.
After the Root Canal
The good news is that, once the final crown has been attached, patients shortly find that they tend to forget they ever had a root canal in the first place. In some cases, there may be some additional pain in the initial few days after a root canal is performed. This post-op pain may be usually dealt with over-the-counter pain relievers and should diminish soon after few days.
Performing standard dental hygiene with regular brushing and flossing not to mention regular dentist visits, is the key to early diagnosis of cavities and to prevent the need for any future root canals.