There’s a lot of misunderstanding about root canals. Most people—even those who’ve never had one—believe it’s a painful or complicated procedure.
The truth is that it was never the root canal procedure that caused pain. It is the infection deep inside your tooth that’s causing your toothache, and since root canal therapy removes the infection, it also relieves your pain.
Dr. Michael Kahlil is our endodontist in Corona, whose specialty is treating the soft pulp tissue deep inside your tooth, including root canals.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
You require a root canal when bacteria enter the pulp chamber deep within your tooth and cause an infection or abscess. This can occur because of a deep cavity, advanced gum disease, a crack in the tooth, or dental trauma.
A root canal is a tooth-saving procedure because it allows Dr. Kahlil to remove the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Without treatment, the infection and your pain would worsen, and our only option would be to remove the tooth.
What Are the Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection?
Several symptoms indicate you might have an infected or abscessed tooth that requires treatment:
- Severe tooth pain that continues to worsen
- Swollen, red, or inflamed gums
- A raised whitish bump on the gums
- Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperatures
- An awful smell and taste in your mouth
- Tooth discoloration or darkening
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our Corona dental office and speak to a team member about what steps to take next.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
First, Dr. Kahlil x-rays the tooth to determine the location and extent of the infection. Because we use leading-edge digital imaging technology, our endodontist can plan your treatment and work efficiently to get you out of the dental chair faster.
To access the pulp chamber, Dr. Kahlil makes a tiny access hole in your tooth enamel. He then carefully and methodically removes the infected material and disinfects and fills the cleaned-out area.
The final step is to place a temporary filling in the tooth and let it heal for about two weeks. Some soreness after your root canal is common, and most patients obtain relief with ibuprofen or Advil.
After healing, one of our general dentists will recommend a filling or dental crown to further protect the tooth after treatment.
We Offer Comfort Dentistry
It’s common to feel nervous about a root canal procedure, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure your comfort. We use strong local anesthetics to numb the tooth so that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort.
We can also recommend nitrous oxide sedation that helps you relax during your procedure but has no drowsy side effects. We can also prescribe oral sedation or administer IV sedation here at our Corona dental office for deeper anxiety.
Do You Have a Toothache or Jaw Swelling?
Don’t ever ignore the symptoms of an infected tooth; at the very least, you will experience continued pain, and we will need to extract the tooth. Wait too long, and a root canal infection can become life-threatening.
The experienced dentists and specialists at Dental Care of Corona will ensure that you have the most comfortable experience possible. If you live in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, or surrounding communities, call our endodontist to get the root canal treatment you need.