A 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.