When bacteria gets trapped in the pulp of the tooth, it can cause inflammation, sensitivity, and pain.
A root canal procedure treats and cleans the underlying out the infected pulp and root canals of the tooth. The procedure helps to eliminate further decay, salvage your natural tooth, and ease the pain.
You're probably a viable candidate for a root canal if you experience ongoing pain or sensitivity in one or more teeth. Some patients might also need a root canal retreatment, which is a procedure that aims to correct a previous root canal that did not deliver the expected results.
Typically, a root canal procedure involves using general or local anesthesia.
With a root canal, Dr. Albelais drills a small hole in the top of your affected tooth. Using special, tiny instruments ― including a dental microscope ― he cleans the tooth's infected pulp by eliminating the bacteria that cause inflammation and pain.
Dr. Albelais fills the canal with a biocompatible material, gutta-percha, and seals the hole in the tooth to prevent further problems. He may attach a temporary crown on top of the affected tooth until he secures a permanent, custom-made crown onto the tooth.
Despite its reputation as a painful treatment, patients don’t feel any discomfort. You can manage any post-procedure irritation with over-the-counter pain relievers.
You might experience some tenderness or slight pain after a root canal procedure. That only lasts a few days and shouldn't interrupt your normal activities. After this initial discomfort, however, any pain or irritation you were experiencing before the procedure should dissipate.
After a root canal, some people also report they have better speech and chewing patterns.
You can maintain the benefits of a root canal by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and a regular schedule of dental visits.
If you’re in the Alhambra area, you can call to schedule a consultation at Albelais Dental Corporation, or book an appointment online today.