If you’re suffering from tooth pain, you may require root canal treatment to relieve your pain and preserve the structure of your tooth. Ramin Ghassemi, DDS, MS, Nina Mojaver, DMD, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in Downtown San Diego, California, are leading providers of safe, effective, and comfortable root canal treatments. To discuss your tooth pain and find out if a root canal is right for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.
A root canal is a common treatment used to remove bacteria and treat infections inside your tooth. Within each of your teeth is soft tissue known as the pulp. The pulp of your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
When the pulp becomes infected, it causes a number of symptoms like inflammation, tooth sensitivity, and severe pain. A root canal is the process of removing the infected tooth pulp and sealing the tooth to prevent reinfection.
Tooth pulp can become infected from severe tooth decay, as well as injuries and fractures that allow bacteria to reach the inner parts of your tooth. A root canal allows you to save your natural tooth and preserve the function and appearance of your smile.
To perform your root canal treatment, your doctor begins by making a tiny opening in the crown of your tooth. They then use small specialized instruments to remove the infected pulp and clean the space within your tooth. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, your doctor uses a rubber-like material to fill the inside of your tooth and seal the access hole.
Root canals are typically performed under local anesthesia, which reduces any pain or discomfort you may feel during the procedure. For most patients, modern root canal treatment is well tolerated and can be compared to getting a filling.
If you’re worried about feeling pain during your root canal, Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After your root canal, you may experience some sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain medications are a good option for relieving discomfort as you recover.
After the root canal procedure, you and your dentist discuss restoring the treated tooth. In most cases, teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are topped with a dental crown. Dental crowns help preserve the structure of your tooth and can also improve its appearance. In addition to root canal treatment, Fifth Avenue Dental Arts offers custom same-day crowns.
If you’re tired of living with tooth pain and sensitivity, call the office or request an appointment online today.