the benefits of
Root Canal Therapy at Dodds Dental
Root canal therapy is the best way to preserve your natural tooth if the pulp has become infected. A root canal allows you to get relief from the pain of an infected tooth, and prevents tooth loss due to infection. Since the procedure is usually covered by most dental insurance plans, it is often one of the most affordable ways to treat an infected tooth. If you’re in pain due to an infected tooth, contact us for an appointment at our Long Beach office at (562) 439-0754.
Understanding Tooth Infections
Why Do I Need A Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is required when the nerve-filled “pulp” inside your tooth has become infected. Commonly, this is caused by tooth decay. As the exterior enamel and dentin decay, the pulp becomes exposed to oral bacteria, which infect it and cause inflammation. This can result in a painful and uncomfortable toothache. However, a root canal may also be required due to an impact injury, if a tooth has been cracked or otherwise damaged, and the pulp becomes exposed and infected. In both cases, if the tooth is not treated, the interior pulp and roots will die, and the tooth will eventually fall out, or require extraction.
Know What To Expect
The Root Canal Therapy Process
Despite popular belief, having a root canal is a minimally-invasive process, comparable to having a tooth filled. First, Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds will clean your teeth and gums, and isolate the tooth that is being treated. Then, the area will be numbed. A professional grade tool is then used to open up a small hole in the enamel and remove any damaged or deteriorated material in the tooth. The tooth is then disinfected and filled with a material called “gutta percha”, and sealed with a temporary filling or crown. In most cases, you will need to come back to get a permanent crown, to ensure your remaining tooth structure is protected.
how to recover
After Root Canal Therapy
Once the numbing agent wears off, you may feel some pain or discomfort after your treatment. You can manage your pain and swelling with over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Your treated tooth also may feel somewhat sensitive and tender, and you may want to avoid chewing with this tooth until these symptoms resolve. Most of your pain and discomfort should be gone within just a few days.
Let Us Take Care Of You
Schedule Your Procedure Today
Our team, led by Dr. Dustin and Dr. Emily, specializes in informative, caring dentistry. If you’re worried about root canal therapy in Long Beach and are looking for a friendly office that will help you relax, we can help! Contact us now at (562) 439-0754 for your appointment, or come to our office at 5580 E 2nd Street, Suite 202, Long Beach, CA 90803 if you’re in the neighborhood.