Root canal therapy is the best way to save and preserve an infected tooth. Tooth infections are a very serious oral health issue, and can lead to tooth loss or even a life-threatening infection if they are left untreated.
There are a few different signs that you may need a root canal. A serious, painful, and prolonged toothache is often the first sign you’ll notice. As the infection gets worse, the nerves inside the tooth will start to die, causing serious pain and discomfort.
Other signs include swelling, inflammation, and discoloration of the gums near your tooth. The tooth itself may also be grayish, dark, or otherwise discolored. Sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure may also cause you a lot of discomfort even if you’re not experiencing a toothache.
If you notice one or more of these signs, you should come to ARTSCI Dental right away. Dr. Anthony Nguyen is here to help with expert root canal therapy in Redondo Beach. With timely treatment, you can save your tooth, eliminate your pain, and preserve your smile for years to come. Contact us online now for an appointment.
In rare cases, tooth infections can lead to sepsis. This life-threatening condition occurs when your blood and immune system have an extreme response to the presence of an infection.
First, you’ll need to come to ARTSCI Dental for a diagnosis. Dr. Nguyen will examine your mouth to determine if you have an infected tooth, and whether or not a root canal is appropriate for treating your condition. Depending on your case, you may need to get emergency treatment immediately, or you may schedule a follow-up appointment for a later date.
To begin your treatment, Dr. Nguyen will clean your teeth and numb the treatment area. Numbing ensures that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort as he treats your mouth.
Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Nguyen will trim away damaged tooth material and make an opening in the tooth’s surface. Then, he will use special tools to clean out the infected tooth material, eliminating the source of the infection.
After the tooth has been cleaned out, Dr. Nguyen will fill it with a rubber-like material that replaces the missing pulp. Then, he will restore the tooth with a filling or a temporary dental crown, depending on your case. If he opts for a crown, you will need to come back for follow-ups to have a permanent porcelain crown built and placed onto your tooth.
Our team is happy to schedule your next appointment if you are in need of a follow-up for a simple filling, more complex restorative work, or a cosmetic treatment. Schedule your next cleaning in 6 months to keep your smile in great shape for years to come.
No. Not only are root canals painless, but they actually are the best way to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth. Toothaches can be extremely painful, and interfere with your ability to live your day-to-day life. Getting a root canal allows you to completely eliminate your toothache and your pain.We use the latest techniques to ensure a smooth procedure, and we even offer dental sedation to keep you feeling comfortable and safe throughout your operation. So don’t wait. If your tooth hurts, contact us online or give us a call at (424) 400-5288 to schedule an appointment at ARTSCI Dental today.