Root Canal Therapy

When It’s the Best Option

Root Canal TreatmentA tooth’s root canal is the sealed space within the roots of your teeth, and contains pulp, nerves, soft tissue, and blood vessels. Whether through cracks or cavities, sometimes bacteria make their way into this portion of your tooth. Since the pulp has no means of defending itself against bacteria, we must go in and physically clean the area out once an infection sets in. This process is referred to as root canal therapy, and often, it is the last resort to stopping a tooth infection from spreading and complicating your oral health.

The Process

  • Root canal therapy begins by numbing the tooth with local anesthesia, and if necessary, helping you relax with an appropriate dental sedation method.
  • Once we remove the infection and restore the health of your tooth, we will seal the root canals and fill the cavity to build up the tooth’s structure.
  • To complete the treatment, we will place a custom-fit crown over your remaining natural tooth for improved protection and appearance.

Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy

Though you’ll need a professional diagnosis (such as with advanced DIAGNOdent technology) to determine if root canal therapy is necessary, some common symptoms will help you determine whether you should seek treatment. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms on a regular basis, schedule a consultation right away:

  • Swollen gums
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Sudden onset of pain
  • Pain while biting and chewing

Call Downey Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Today

Dr. Hadis Reyhani, Dr. Ben Reyhani, and Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, DDS, provide a wealth of combined experience, along with innovative technology and personalized care, to help improve our patients’ dental health so they can enjoy smiling again. To schedule a consultation, call Downey Family Cosmetic Dentistry today at 562-659-7593.