Recovery After Root Canal Treatment

Recovery After Root Canal TreatmentA root canal is a vital procedure that removed infected tooth pulp from inside the tooth. Many patients realize they need a root canal when they begin to experience extreme sensitivity, pain when pressure is applied to the tooth, swelling in the gums, or discoloration in the tooth. If a root canal is not performed promptly, the only way to save your oral health will be through a dental extraction. Our dentist prefers performing a root canal since more of your natural tooth structure will be preserved.

The actual root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, but you should set aside some time after the treatment is complete for recovery. For the first few days following the procedure, the affected tooth may feel a bit more sensitive. This is normal and should go away shortly. If you are experiencing any pain following the treatment, you can take any over-the-counter pain relievers, or our expert in root canal in Long Beach can prescribe you something stronger.

Many times, a dental crown will need to be placed over the tooth in order to strengthen it and protect it from further damage. It can take a couple weeks for your permanent crown to be designed, so in the meantime, you will need to wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Your dentist will give you advice on how to protect this crown until you can have the permanent one placed.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Zoom Whitening

Advantages and Disadvantages of Zoom WhiteningOver time, your teeth will become stained due to what you eat and drink. Certain habits and genetics also play a factor into the stains that accumulate onto the teeth. But if your smile has become so dimmed that it makes your self-conscious around others, our cosmetic dentist in Long Beach offers Zoom whitening, which is the most effective way to remove stains off teeth.

Zoom whitening uses a gel and special light to remove superficial stains in less than an hour. You will notice immediate results, and you can show off your new smile as soon as you leave the office. Other whitening treatments can take weeks or even months to show results, and the results you get may not be all that impressive. But with Zoom whitening, your teeth will be up to eight shades whiter. You can enjoy your smile for several months as long as you take good care of it. Smoking and eating heavily pigmented foods such as coffee, wine, soy sauce, or berries can quickly re-stain your smile.

Some patients mention that they experience some sensitivity following the procedure. If this happens to you, let our expert in Zoom whitening in Long Beach know and we can give you some aftercare instructions.