In the United States, dentists perform more than 15 million root canals every year. That means that more than 41,000 root canals are performed every day. If you’re in need of a root canal, call or make an appointment online at the Granada Hills Dental Group in Granada Hills, California.
Root Canal Q & A
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What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs badly damaged or infected teeth. The treatment process involves cleaning the canals inside your tooth's root.
The dentists at Granada Hills Dental Group recommend root canals when you have an infection deep in your tooth due to an injury or severe, untreated cavity. If left untreated, the infection may become severe enough that Dr. Rafie or Dr. Khoshbin must remove your tooth.
Signs and symptoms that you need a root canal include a toothache, swelling around your face, neck, and gums, a hole in your tooth, and sensitive teeth.
How is a root canal done?
A root canal procedure requires two office visits.
During the first appointment, dental X-rays check the extent of the damage and either Dr. Rafie or Dr. Khoshbin administers a local anesthetic to control your pain. Once the area is numb, they use a rubber-like sheet to keep the damaged tooth clean, protected, and free of saliva.
Small drills and other tools help the dentists at Granada Hills Dental Group perform the root canal, remove decay, irrigate the tooth chamber with water to wash away any remaining pulp, and apply an antimicrobial solution to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce your risk of infection.
Once Dr. Rafie or Dr. Khoshbin have thoroughly cleaned the tooth chamber, they fill it with a temporary filling while you wait for the permanent crown. Once that’s delivered from the lab, they schedule an additional appointment to complete your root canal by installing the crown.
(A crown is a realistic-looking artificial tooth made of porcelain fused to metal and tinted to match the color of your other teeth.)
What should you expect after a root canal?
Once your root canal is complete, your new crown lasts a lifetime with proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
The first few days after your root canal, your tooth may feel sensitive. If you experience any pain or pressure, you can use over-the-counter pain medication for relief.
If you are in need of a root canal, call or make an appointment online at the Granada Hills Dental Group in Granada Hills, California.