Inflammation or infection in your tooth’s root often causes severe dental pain. If left untreated, the infection may become so severe that the tooth needs to be pulled. Dr. Murat Atli performs root canal procedures to save infected teeth and prevent the need for extraction at Global Dental Group in Mission Viejo, California. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, call the office or book an appointment online.
A root canal is a procedure that treats an infection or inflammation in the pulp — the soft tissue that includes nerve fibers and blood vessels — at the center of a tooth. An infected tooth can lead to an abscess or require extraction without treatment.
You probably need a root canal if you notice:
After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Atli drills into the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth. He removes the pulp, cleans and disinfects the interior of your tooth, and fills it with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha to prevent future infection.
In most cases, Dr. Atli recommends that you return for a crown to cap and strengthen the damaged tooth.
The pain commonly associated with a root canal is actually the discomfort you've been feeling from the infection leading up to the procedure. The treatment itself is no more painful than a typical cavity filling.
At Global Dental Group, Dr. Atli offers several anesthetic choices. These options include local anesthetic to numb the area where the root canal will be performed, or oral conscious sedation where she administers medication to help you relax without putting you fully to sleep.
The root canal treatment should resolve the pain, but the decayed tooth will often need a crown for protection after the procedure. Dr. Atli can place your crown a week or more following your root canal, once the gums surrounding the tooth have had time to recover.
You may feel some discomfort from the inflammation caused by the infection, but usually not from the procedure. Dr. Atli typically recommends over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.