If you need a root canal, don’t panic. With the right dentist, the procedure is a relatively painless experience. In fact, the infection of the tooth often is more painful than the root canal procedure itself. Dr. Allen Mossaei provides a comfortable experience and is happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure. Schedule an appointment online with Dr. Mossaei at First Choice Dentistry in Bakersfield, California today.
A root canal is a procedure performed to save a tooth that is severely infected. Inside your root canal is a soft, living tissue called pulp that can become inflamed or infected. The pulp in your root canal may become infected due to:
Also, a tooth can die for many reasons, including gum disease, and sometimes for no reason at all. A dead tooth is a cause for root canal treatment because the dead tissue inside the tooth is breeding ground for infection. So even though a dead tooth doesn’t necessarily cause any pain, you don’t want to leave a dead tooth untreated.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure involving one to three visits to the office. During the procedure, Dr. Mossaei first removes the infected pulp. Then, he carefully cleans and disinfects the inside of your root canal. Next, he fills your root canal with a rubber-like material and seals the space. Some dentists like to wait about a week before sealing the space to make sure that the infection has cleared completely.
After sealing your root canal, Dr. Mossaei puts in a temporary filling and then waits a few weeks before placing a permanent filling or crown.
Before your root canal procedure, Dr. Mossaei gives you a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it. Most patients say that they’re comfortable during the procedure and that it’s no more painful than getting a filling.
After the procedure, your mouth and face may be numb for a few hours from the anesthesia. For the first few days, your tooth may be sensitive or slightly painful, and you should follow Dr. Mossaei’s instructions on taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. If you want to save your tooth and your smile, book online for a root canal consultation with Dr. Mossaei.