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Root Canal Treatment in Irvine

Root canals are scary, right? Well, many patients are surprised to learn they are actually a safe and comfortable way to get immediate relief from the symptoms of an infected tooth. When decay enters the inner part of your tooth, it can begin wreaking havoc, causing severe pain and even creating the potential to lose your tooth! A root canal is essentially the procedure that can save you from all of that. With a professional root canal treatment in Irvine, you can find relief and protect the health of your smile all at once.

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

First, we need to cover and explain what a root canal is NOT. It certainly is not a frightening, dangerous, or painful treatment. Instead, it is a routine way to tackle more severe decay and help restore or save teeth that have become infected. Patients who get a professional root canal treatment tend to leave our office feeling remarkably better than when they came in.

Patients need a root canal when the inner part of their tooth becomes infected or damaged, putting the inner part at risk. This inner part called the pulp, is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. A root canal simply goes into the tooth and clears out all the infected tissue before sealing it to prevent additional decay.

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By using a local numbing anesthetic, we can keep patients comfortable throughout the process of their root canal. Generally, patients report that a root canal feels almost exactly the same as getting a dental filling. It might not be fun, but it is far from the painful nightmare many people imagine it to be.

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Root Canal Treatment Process

Root canal treatment involves going inside the pulp space and taking out infected, dead tissue and then sanitizing the interior of the tooth. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials. Nowadays, we perform every single root canal treatment with advanced techniques and materials, turning them into far more comfortable and faster treatments.

After your root canal treatment is all over, our restorative dentist will usually place a dental crown on your tooth to keep it protected from fractures and future infections. A typical root canal treatment can last well under an hour, but the duration tends to vary from case to case. However, what does not change is that we dedicate the same high level of attention to root canals both simple and complex.

This careful methodology ensures that the whole process is typically quick and comfortable, relieving you of pain instead of creating more of it. However, it can be normal to feel a bit sore around the treated tooth for a couple of days. Still, this quickly fades and generally can be managed easily with even over-the-counter pain medication.

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Signs You Need a Root Canal

If you need a root canal treatment, we recommend getting it sooner rather than later in order to protect the health of your tooth. In some cases, we even recommend calling us for an urgent same-day appointment in order to be safe. The longer patients wait to treat an infected tooth, the more it can put their other teeth and even their overall health at risk. Allowing the infection to spread and result in the tooth dying or the infection spreading to your other teeth or body. So we recommend that if you notice any of these signs, then you give us a call to lock in your professional root canal treatment.

  • Pain in your tooth or gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food/drinks
  • Changes in tooth coloration
  • Sore, painful, discolored, or bleeding gums
  • Sudden looseness of a tooth
  • Chips or cracks in your tooth

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to call your local dentist in Irvine for a root canal treatment. Our experienced team has helped countless patients keep their teeth safe and healthy over the years. With a root canal, you not only get symptom relief, but you protect your smile from additional danger.

Fillings versus Root Canals

Routine dental fillings and root canals are not terribly different. However, the ideal procedure for you will depend on the state of your tooth. In many cases, a patient might have been able to have a routine filling instead of a root canal if they sought treatment in time. Fillings clean and restore teeth in the early stages of decay, but root canals tend to be needed for more advanced stages.

Preventing Future Root Canal Treatments

While a root canal can work wonders for patients who need them, we encourage patients to take preventative measures. By actively improving your oral hygiene routine and visiting the dentist twice a year, you boost your chances of catching decay or infections before they become more problematic. While there is no surefire way to avoid dental injury, improving the factors under your control can save you time, money, and painful symptoms associated with tooth abscesses.

After Your Treatment

After your root canal treatment in Irvine, your tooth should be in good hands. However, it will still be vital to continue healthy oral hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups will be vital components moving forward to keep your health in line. While a root canal tackles current decay, it is up to the patient to continue with healthy habits that prevent future decay. Otherwise, it can be easy to end right back at square one with another infected tooth. Our dentist can provide you with a core set of dental care instructions to boost your chances of preventing future tooth decay.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Treating tooth decay as soon as possible is one of our highest priorities, and we hope the same goes for our patients. The sooner you tackle signs of infected or damaged teeth, the easier it will be to treat them with more routine procedures. Contact us today by phone or using our online form to set up your appointment and see if it is time for your root canal treatment in Irvine. We look forward to doing our part in keeping your smile bright, healthy, and whole.