At Charming Smiles of La Quinta, we understand that healthy teeth are important for a healthy life. Therefore, we offer highly effective solutions like root canal procedures to patients living with an infected tooth and can relieve pain quickly. Call our La Quinta, CA, office today to schedule a consultation.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) is a safe and widely used treatment designed to clear out oral bacteria from your tooth pulp. During the procedure, we remove pus-filled pockets from the infected area. Cleaning out the bacteria eliminates the pain and keeps the problem from spreading to the surrounding teeth.
The Advantages of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is an effective method of treating infected and decayed teeth. With it, there is no need to have the tooth extracted completely. Some of the benefits of the procedure include the following:
- It can improve the appearance of your teeth
- It eliminates further tooth loss
- It prevents infection of the surrounding teeth
- It helps prevent jawbone loss
- The procedure is quick and painless
Symptoms of Tooth Infection
You most likely have a tooth infection if you notice the following:
- Swelling in the affected tooth
- Highly painful response to cold and hot food
- Serious and consistent toothache
- Dental abscesses
The Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal treatment, the doctor will first administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth root. Once the area is numb, he will remove the diseased portion of the tooth pulp and treat the area for bacterial infection.
Upon completion of the treatment, he will seal the area where the pulp used to be before using dental fillings or a crown to improve the damaged tooth’s structure.
After the treatment, you will likely feel some sensitivity around the treated tooth in the first few days. However, the sensitivity will not be enough to prevent brushing and flossing.
Many patients assume that root canal treatment will be painful and highly uncomfortable. However, the advancements in modern dentistry and local anesthetics have made root canals as tolerable as other common dental procedures, such as getting a dental filling.
Upon completion of the procedure, the restored tooth will blend into the surrounding teeth. Over 90% of root canal procedures are successful, and the treatments often last a lifetime.
Schedule Your Root Canal Procedure Today
Are you looking for a minimally invasive treatment for tooth inflammation or infection? Call Charming Smiles of La Quinta today at (760) 354-8376 to schedule a root canal consultation in our La Quinta, CA, office.