Root Canal Treatments
Are you experiencing severe dental pain, tenderness or sensitivity? If the answer is yes, then you might have a dental infection and might need a root canal treatment to not only remove the infection but also save your tooth. When the inside pulp of your tooth, where your blood vessels, tissues and nerves keep your tooth alive, gets infected or decay it can kill your tooth and spread to your gum and jawbone if the infection is not treated and eliminated immediately. Most people think of root canals as the most painful treatment, but here at Old Town Orange Dental Group, Dr. Levitt strives to save your teeth with fast and pain-free treatments.
Root Canal Surgery
- Dr. Levitt will examine your teeth and gums to locate the infection and determine its extent
- Dental X-rays might be ordered to determine if the infection has extended to the bone and which teeth are affected
- An anesthetic gel and injection will be applied to the area that will be treated to block any pain
- The infected tooth is isolated and prepped for treatment
- A small hole is drilled through the crown to reach the infected pulp
- The infected pulp is removed and the tooth and gum thoroughly cleaned
- Once the tooth is free of bacteria, a resin is used to filled the tooth where the pulp was and a crown placed on top to seal the tooth
Impeccable oral hygiene is strongly recommended to prevent bacteria from flourishing again and re-infecting the tooth or infect nearby teeth. If the tooth becomes re-infected, a root canal retreatment will be necessary to deal with the infection before it spreads. The retreatment consists of a second root canal surgery to clean and re-seal the tooth.
If an infection is left untreated for too long, it can spread to nearby teeth or affect the gum or jawbone, or end up killing the tooth. Once the tooth has died from decay, there is no other solution but to extract the tooth and look for a prosthetic restorative solution.
If you think you have a tooth infection or are suffering from severe dental pain, you might need a root canal treatment to treat your infection. Call us at (714) 997-9030 to schedule your appointment today!