If the inside of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed, you’re likely in excruciating pain that can’t be alleviated without a root canal or an extraction. To help you avoid losing your tooth entirely, Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team at Golden Valley Smiles provide root canals in their office in Fresno and Clovis, California. To find out if your tooth requires root canal therapy, call either office or request an appointment online today.
Root canals are treatments for damage and decay on the insides of your teeth. Specifically, root canals treat the infected pulp on the inside of your teeth. The pulp is the innermost soft layer of each tooth consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue.
A root canal removes the pulp, and your tooth can survive without the pulp as long as it has finished growing.
Getting a root canal can relieve these and other symptoms of pulp damage or infection:
If you don’t get a root canal, the infection and tissue damage can spread up to your gums and outside of your mouth entirely. This can cause serious health complications that go beyond your oral health.
During a root canal, your dentist creates a tiny hole in the surface of the damaged or infected tooth. Through the hole, they can access and remove the pulp with tiny specialized tools.
They clean the inside of your tooth before medicating it to prevent a new or recurring infection, then fill it with a rubbery material called gutta-percha.
In most root canal cases, the team creates a custom crown using advanced imaging and design techniques. The crown covers the treated tooth to keep it strong and able to withstand normal bite forces.
Once the treatment is complete, your smile looks completely natural and you can use your tooth for chewing and speaking without the pain and sensitivity.
Root canals take two appointments: one for the root canal treatment and a second for the crown restoration. Between these two appointments, you must be careful about what you eat to avoid breaking the tooth.
You might feel some minor discomfort during this initial healing time, but it usually resolves within a few days. The team at Golden Valley Smiles may recommend an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help manage the pain and swelling.
In very few cases, a root canal can be unsuccessful. If your tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold temperatures or painful upon biting down after your procedure is complete, you should follow up with the team to find out if you need a root canal retreatment.
If a tooth feels painful or sensitive, call Golden Valley Smiles or request an appointment online right away to see if you need a root canal.