Root Canals and Endodontic Therapy in Madera, CA
Occasionally, root canal procedures become necessary in order to save a tooth from needing to be extracted. Root canals are often associated with pain, but the truth is that more often than not, they relieve the pain associated with an infection or abscess.
A root canal is often the last attempt to save a compromised tooth. If you have been told you need a root canal, you are not alone. Millions of root canals are performed every year to save patients' teeth. At Keledjian Dental, we will do our best to save your tooth and get you feeling comfortable again.
Root canals are actually a procedure used to heal the area in or around the root of your tooth. Infections can cause pain, tenderness, sensitivity to hot or cold, and swelling. When left untreated, the pain can become severe.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if you have had an x-ray that shows an infection in your tooth. Sometimes, a root canal must be diagnosed based on symptoms alone because not all infections show up on an a-ray. You may not have any symptoms at all and you may be diagnosed at your regular exam.
Typical symptoms of root canal infection and symptoms of an infected tooth are:
• Swelling in the gums or jaw area
• Sensitivity to hot or cold
• Dull throbbing pain
• A pimple like eruption on the gums
• Pain while biting down or chewing
• A darkened tooth
If you suspect you need a root canal, do not delay in contacting us. Early treatment increases the likelihood that we will be able to save your tooth. Additionally, when endodontist root canal attention becomes necessary, that means an infection is present. Infections can cause other systemic issues and should not be allowed to exist in the body for long periods of time.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
When we perform a root canal procedure at Keledjian Dental, Dr. Keledjian will first make sure you are completely comfortable and numb. Then, we will begin by making a tiny access hole in your tooth so that we can clean and sterilize the area. Once all signs of infection have been removed, we will add any medication necessary to help with the healing of your tooth and seal off the access to the canal with a filling.
Sometimes, we may recommend that a crown is placed over your root canal tooth. Once teeth have a root canal, they can become brittle. A crown will strengthen and stabilize your tooth, keeping it protected from fractures.
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If you suspect you may need a root canal, contact us for an appointment immediately. We can provide you with the information needed to make an educated decision regarding endodontic care. We will be able to give you all of your options and work with you on a solution to restore your comfort and dental health.