If you have a toothache, chances are your dentist will suggest a root canal to remedy the problem and save your tooth from extraction. Unfortunately, many people wrongly believe that a root canal is painful or long. Luckily, this is a myth and a root canal actually relieves you of your pain. Find out more about root canal therapy and signs you may need it with Dr. Ron Nichols in Hacienda Heights, CA.
How does a root canal work?
Dentists use root canals to treat severe teeth decay which has begun infecting the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the soft tissues and nerves. The procedure removes the tissues from within the tooth, removing the infection and preserving the tooth’s natural structure. This treatment helps patients avoid extraction and keep their teeth in their rightful place, inside their mouth. After removing the inner tissues, your dentist will clean and disinfect the tooth to ensure no infection is left behind then fill the tooth using composite materials. If necessary, your dentist may suggest a dental crown to protect the tooth from future damage.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Teeth decay is slow-growing and progresses over time. Finding and treating teeth decay early can help you avoid a root canal altogether. However, recognizing the signs that you need a root canal can help you get the treatment you need in a timely manner. Some typical signs of teeth decay include:
- a hole or brown spot on the tooth (cavity)
- broken tooth
- unexplained bad breath
- a toothache
- sensitivity to hot and cold
- pain while chewing or drinking
If you think you may show signs of teeth decay, a dental examination with your dentist can help you find and treat your decay early, with the least invasive procedures available. Seeing your dentist for routine examinations and cleanings every six months can also help you avoid teeth decay.
Root Canal Therapy in Hacienda Heights, CA
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Ron Nichols in Hacienda Heights, CA. Call (626) 912-9394 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nichols today!