Root Canals

Parham Ramtin, DDS -  - General Dentistry

A New Smile

Parham Ramtin, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacoima, CA

Severe tooth pain is a serious warning sign that you may have a tooth infection. To save your damaged tooth from extraction, Parham Ramtin, DDS, and the team at A New Smile in Pacoima, California, perform root canal treatments to eliminate the infection before it has a chance to spread. To learn more about root canal therapy, call A New Smile or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment designed to eliminate a tooth infection before it spreads outside of the tooth chamber. 

Your teeth are made up of three main layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. When plaque and other harmful bacteria penetrate your enamel and eat away at your dentin, it can infect your tooth’s pulp.

The tooth pulp, or soft center of your tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels that play a vital role in your tooth development. 

After your teeth have fully matured, however, the pulp no longer serves a purpose. So, if your pulp becomes infected, the team at A New Smile can remove it to eliminate the infection.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal treatment, the team drills a small access hole into the infected tooth. They then use special tools to clean out your tooth chamber, removing the infection as well as the pulp and any bacteria, debris, nerves, and blood vessels.

Once the chamber is completely clean and all signs of infection gone, your dental provider fills the empty cavity with a material called gutta-percha. This rubber-like substance helps stabilize your tooth.

In most cases, the team protects your tooth by sealing it with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown, which also prevents new bacteria from penetrating your tooth again. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to make sure the infection has no chance of returning.

How do I know if I have a tooth infection?

There are plenty of tooth infection symptoms to watch out for, such as:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks
  • Facial pain
  • Gum inflammation
  • Facial swelling
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A sudden rush of foul-smelling liquid
  • A noticeable tooth abscess

If your tooth infection has yet to hit any nerves or roots, you may experience no symptoms at all. That’s why the team at A New Smile recommends coming into the office for regular dental exams at least twice a year, or once every six months. 

To learn more about how root canal therapy can save your teeth, call A New Smile or schedule an appointment online.