Root Canal

Morning Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Santa Ana, CA & Huntington Beach, CA

If you have the painful symptoms of an infected tooth, you need the treatment of a skilled dental provider. A root canal doesn’t sound like much fun, but the experts at Morning Dental will make sure you’re comfortable and pain-free during your procedure. With locations in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California, Morning Dental offers comfortable, worry-free root canals that will end your suffering and protect your oral health. To find out more, call the nearest location today, or make an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to relieve the pain of an infected tooth and prevent it from deteriorating to the point that the whole tooth must be removed. During a root canal procedure,  your tooth’s pulp and any infected or dead tissue are removed from the inside of your tooth.

What causes an infected tooth?

If your tooth is damaged due to an injury or a cavity, bacteria can invade the soft tissue inside your tooth causing an infection. This infection can spread into your tooth’s pulp where the nerves are housed, causing irritation and pain. If you have an infected tooth, it’s critical that you see a dentist for treatment. Left untreated, the infection can spread and cause complications in your teeth, gums, or jawbone.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

The most common symptoms associated with an infected tooth include:

  • Tender, swollen, or inflamed gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Darkened tooth color
  • Painful biting or chewing
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A pimple-like bump on gums

 

In the case of severe infection, pus may be present around the affected tooth.

What should I expect during a root canal procedure?

The skilled dentists at Morning Dental have extensive experience performing root canals. On the day of your procedure, you’ll begin with an X-ray to determine the degree and depth of infection. Next, your caring dentist will give you a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during your root canal.

Your dentist may use a dental dam, a special rubber film, to protect your tooth during the treatment. A specialized dental instrument, much like a slender file, is used to remove the damaged pulp. When all the diseased tissue has been removed, your dentist will irrigate the empty tooth chamber to clear away any debris. It is then filled with a dental adhesive.

You’ll go home with a temporary crown to wear for a few weeks while a lab manufactures your permanent crown. When you return for your next appointment, the Morning Dental team will install the permanent crown and seal it in place.

If you’re suffering from the pain of an infected tooth, call Morning Dental today, or make an appointment online.