When you have severe tooth decay and infected teeth, this could weaken your smile. Not only do you suffer from discomfort, but the stability of your smile is at risk too. Fortunately, we can offer assistance with an endodontic procedure. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about root canal therapy.
The Dangers Posed by Infection
A dental infection could mean serious pain in a tooth, with persistent aches, sensitivity when you eat, and even pain when bite down or chew. Other symptoms include headaches, jaw and facial pain, swelling, and a discharge from the tooth itself. When these symptoms arise, let us know right away, Otherwise, the tooth could die and the infection spread to other parts of your smile. The infection develops because bacteria come into contact with the pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. This is possible through an untreated cavity, or as a result or a major injury to a tooth.
Dental Sedation and More
Often, when people hear the words “root canal” they assume this means a painful procedure. But that’s simply not true! In fact, most people find it comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. To ensure you’re comfortable, we will administer a local anesthesia to the area receiving treatment. In addition, we can offer dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. For options, like nitrous oxide, you can return to work or school, while oral or IV sedation means you need a friend or family member on hand to bring you home.
Root Canal Therapy
The root canal procedure will involve our team gently opening the tooth to reach and remove the tissues from within. Once we do, our team will clean the interior of the tooth and add a special restorative material known as gutta percha. The last step is to cap the tooth with a crown, one custom-made form strong and lifelike materials like ceramic, which we can color match to blend with your smile. This also helps protect the tooth from reinfection or decay, and helps ensure a balanced bite.
Moving forward, you could limit the risk of infection by wearing a mouthguard when playing full contact sports, and also brushing and flossing daily. A diet low in sugar and starch keeps the enamel strong, and you should see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit as well.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Restorative Dentistry
Our team is ready to help treat the causes of dental discomfort. If you would like to learn more about restoring the health, function, and beauty of your smile, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.