Root canals have a bad reputation, but with advances in modern dentistry and endodontics, root canals are very similar to traditional fillings. If you’re experiencing symptoms like a toothache or temperature sensitivity, Dr. Afsana Danishwar at Danishwar Dentistry in Culver City, California, offers expert root canal treatments to repair and preserve your teeth. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
A root canal is a dental treatment that removes decay and damaged tissue from the pulpy interior of your tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels are protected. Root canals are effective treatments for:
Pain is the primary indicator that you might need a root canal. If you experience a severe toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, you should make a dental appointment right away. However, you also might not experience any symptoms at all.
The only way to know for sure if the interior of your tooth is damaged or decayed is to have dental X-rays. Dental X-rays show Dr. Danishwar the insides of your teeth so she can diagnose and treat any necessary issues with a root canal.
Root canals are similar to traditional fillings for cavities. First, Dr. Danishwar numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Then, she uses special instruments to drill into your tooth to access the decayed interior. She carefully removes any decayed or damaged tissue, taking care to leave your healthy tissue intact. She carefully cleans away any debris and applies an antibacterial medication if necessary.
After she removed the decayed tissue, Dr. Danishwar fills your tooth with a rubber-like material and seal it with a filling. If the decay is severe and your tooth is weakened, she may also fit you for a crown for additional support and protection.
You may need a second appointment for your permanent crown to be applied and for Dr. Danishwar to check that the root canal has successfully removed all the decayed and infected tissue.
Your tooth may be a little sensitive following a root canal, but with the modern dental treatments provided by Dr. Danishwar, your discomfort should subside with over-the-counter pain medication or ice packs. You can take care of your teeth regularly by brushing for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
If you’re due for a dental checkup or have a toothache, call or schedule an appointment online today.