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Root Canals

Root Canal - Endodontic Theraphy

Root Canals, also known as endodontic therapy, act as an alternative to an extraction by saving the tooth.

Signs you may need a root canal:

  • Tooth/gum pain
  • Swelling
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Bad breath and a strange taste in mouth
  • Abscess and infection

What causes and infection?

An infection can occur due to various reasons such as a large cavity, decay, tooth pain, and oral lesions. It is important that you contact your emergency dentist such as Dr. Hung Luong to evaluate the situation so that you can save the tooth and avoid complications in your oral health in the future.

Process of a Root Canal

Preparation
First, your dentist will take x-rays to better evaluate the infection, the tooth, and the severity of the situation. When Dr. Hung Luong has determined that a Root Canal is needed, an anesthetic will be placed around the infected area to avoid any discomfort and pain during the procedure. A dental dam may be used to control saliva from getting onto the infected area as your dentist starts the procedure.

The Procedure
Your dentist will then create a small opening on the infected tooth to clean out the infection. Once the area is cleaned, a substance called gutta-percha will be used to fill in the canals. Your dentist may also use a temporary filling depending on your situation. Your infection-free tooth will be cleaned up and shaped in preparation for your crown.

Crown
The completion of the root canal requires a healing process. After a few weeks from the root canal procedure, a crown will be placed on the tooth to cover the opening so that food and bacteria do not get trapped in the canals. The crown placement completes the root canal treatment.

If you feel like you need a Root Canal or feel any discomfort after your Root Canal treatment, please call your dentist immediately.

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