Q&A: What is a Root Canal?

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Few things make a person as nervous the words “root canal”. Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation and exaggeration has given this common and crucial dental procedure an undeserved reputation. When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, a root canal may prevent the tooth from requiring extraction. With a root canal, your team at A New Smile can help your smile remain healthy and bright.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

Answer: Symptoms of a dental infection include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, toothaches, swelling around the tooth, a foul tasting discharge, fever, and sharp pain when biting or chewing. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then schedule an appointment right away for a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Question: What causes teeth to become infected or abscessed?

Answer: Whether through injury or poor oral hygiene, the outer enamel becomes weakened or damaged. This allows bacteria to reach the sensitive inner tooth structure, causing a cavity to form. Over time, the cavity grows, eventually allowing bacteria to reach the inner pulp in the center of the tooth. Here, the bacteria can cause an infection.

Question: What does a root canal involve?

Answer: First, the doctor will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. A filling material will be placed inside the tooth.

Question: How will my tooth look following a root canal?

Answer: Once the filling material has been added, a dental crown will be designed, fabricated, and placed over the tooth. The crown will mimic the look and function of a natural tooth, offering lifelike restoration. No one will be able to tell you’ve undergone a root canal.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.