Root Canal Treatment La Crescenta CA
When tooth decay progresses to a certain point, a simple filling will not be enough to halt the infection. The inner portion of a tooth, called the pulp, consists of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues that, when decay progresses to the point that it infects this material, the only real option available is a root canal. If you are looking for a dentist who performs trusted root canal treatment in the La Crescenta, CA area, you should consider Dr. Carlos Garcia at Bright Smiles Dental Studio.
Prolonged pain is one of several signs that may indicate you require a root canal. Pain which continues, unabated, for a long period of time and pain which may go away but always come back should always be investigated. Pain which feels deep within the bone of the tooth or which has spread into the face, jaw, or other teeth should be considered serious as a root canal may be needed.
This pain may not always require a root canal and could also be caused by:
- Periodontal disease
- A cavity
- Damaged fillings
- Impacted tooth
Even if the pain is not caused by something that a root canal can fix, it is still crucial that you seek prompt treatment so that something such as a cavity does not progress to the point to where a root canal is needed. Always consider preventative dentistry as your friend. Early diagnosis and treatments of several dental issues will most likely lead to more favorable outcomes.
Increased Sensitivity to Temperature
Are you experiencing increased tooth sensitivity or pain when you eat cold or hot foods or drink hot coffee? What about when you treat yourself to a deliciously ice-cold coke or ice cream cone? Increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink could be a sign you need a root canal.
The sensitivity you experience could present itself as a dull ache but could also be a sharper, more immediate pain. If this sensitivity lingers for a prolonged amount of time, even after you are done eating and drinking, it could be indicative that the blood vessels and nerves within your tooth are either infected or damaged.
Other Signs You May Need a Root Canal
There are many signs and symptoms you can watch out for which could indicate that a root canal may be necessary. Some of these symptoms include:
- Tooth Discoloration
- Swollen Gums
- Pain When You Eat or Touch the Tooth
- Teeth which are chipped or cracked
- Teeth which become loosened
Safe Root Canals
The simple fact is that when a tooth has decayed to the point where it needs a root canal, it is time to act. Unless you want the infection to spread beyond the tooth, prompt action is necessary. You can elect for a root canal or the tooth may need to be extracted, which will lead to further cost as a replacement will be needed so that associated health risks (including teeth shifting and loss of jawbone) can be avoided. Root canals have been proven to be safe. Here is why:
- The removal of infected tissue
- Your body’s immune system is built to fight existing infection
- Filler material has greatly improved over the years
- There really are no other suitable options
Preventing Root Canals
Sometimes, no matter what you do, a root canal may be needed. There are many steps you can take in your day-to-day routine that will go a long way in reducing the risk you will need one. The biggest preventative step you can take is regular and proper dental hygiene at home.
- Twice a day brushing
- Flossing between your teeth daily
- The use of fluoride toothpaste in brushing
- Regular dental checkups (every 6 months)
- Professional dental cleaning once a year
- Limit your intake of sugary food and refined carbohydrates when eating as they tend to stick to the teeth. When eating sugary foods, try to make sure and rinse after.
If you are experiencing tooth pain that may require a root canal, please give Dr. Carlos Garcia at Bright Smiles Dental Studio a call today to learn just how safe this procedure is and how effectively it can restore your dental health. To reach Bright Smiles Dental Studio, please call (818) 290-8788 today!