Root Canal Symptoms
Root canal is performed to relieve pain and stop the infection associated with damaged tooth pulp. When the pulp becomes damaged, a variety of root canal symptoms can result. Knowing when root canal is necessary can help patients avoid long-term pulp infection complications, such as abscess and systemic infection.
Signs that Root Canal May Be Necessary
Although root canal is sometimes necessary in the absence of symptoms, most patients experience one or several root canal symptoms before the procedure is performed. For example, severe toothache may occur when patients bite down. When patients drink hot or cold liquid, persisting tooth pain or sensitivity may occur afterwards. The tooth may darken, and the gums around the tooth may become swollen and tender. Finally, a pimple may appear if an abscess develops.
How Our Dentist Performs Root Canal Treatment
Our dentist begins root canal treatment by administering anesthesia to the treatment area. Next, our dentist uses an X-ray to find the location of the infection and then drills a hole in the tooth. Finally, our dentist removes the infection, puts medicated packing material in its place, inserts a barrier and a filling and caps the entire tooth with a crown for long-term protection and aesthetic improvement.
Patients should visit our dentist as soon as root canal symptoms appear in order to avoid serious threats to their health. In doing so, patients can stop their pain and avoid tooth loss complications or the need for tooth replacements. To learn more about when root canal treatment is necessary, patients can schedule a consultation with our endodontist in Los Angeles.
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