Although root canals are often a much-feared dental procedure, the reality is that today’s root canals are much easier, faster, more effective, and more comfortable than those performed in the past. Advances in dental technology and techniques have significantly improved the way we do root canals for a much better overall patient experience.
When you need a root canal, it may help to know that your treatment is being provided by a dentist with extensive skill and experience. Tustin, CA dentist Dr. Keith Reber has been in practice for 25 years and is committed to ongoing education to stay on top of the latest techniques and technologies. He also has an excellent root canal success rate thanks to his meticulous nature.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, is a procedure that is performed to treat an infected or damaged tooth. The root canal itself is actually part of the structure of your tooth – it’s where the pulp chamber and nerve are located. When this part of your tooth becomes infected or damaged, it is often quite painful. If left untreated, the infection may kill off the nerve of your tooth and can even spread to other teeth or throughout your system.
The purpose of the root canal is to stop this infection at the source. Since many people who need a root canal are also experiencing considerable pain, the root canal therapy will relieve that pain as well as restore function to the tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
To access the root canal of your tooth, we will need to create a small hole. Working through this hole, Dr. Reber will use specialized tools to clean out the tooth and remove any traces of infection or other debris.
Once the tooth is cleaned out and the infection is gone, Dr. Reber will fill and seal the tooth. Before the filling material is placed, he may apply a local antibiotic to make sure that the infection doesn’t return. After the tooth is filled, a crown may be placed on top to strengthen and protect the tooth.
What to Expect Following a Root Canal
You’ll receive anesthesia during the root canal procedure to make sure you don’t feel a thing. After a few hours, this anesthesia will wear off. You may experience some discomfort and swelling. This is a normal part of the healing process. Once your body realizes that the infection and trauma are gone, the discomfort and swelling will fade, and your tooth will feel completely normal again.
We can help with some medication to give you additional comfort and reduce swelling if necessary. We’ll also provide you with after-care instructions. You can expect your tooth to return to full function in about 24 to 48 hours.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that might indicate that you need a root canal (pain, swelling, a pimple-like lesion on the gum, extreme tenderness, and sensitivity), please call our Tustin, CA dental office today to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Keith Reber.