It’s probably time to see a dentist in Burbank if you’re experiencing chronic tooth pain or discomfort. While either of these signs can indicate many oral ailments, one of the most common causes is inflamed soft tissue within the affected tooth. A root canal procedure can safely remove this infected soft tissue (i.e., the nerve) while preserving the rest of the tooth with a dental crown.
Generally speaking, inflamed or dying nerve tissue within a tooth occurs because contaminants have penetrated its hard, outer layers leading to infection. Cavities and fractures tend to be the most common pathways but abscesses can also occur at the root of the tooth for a similar result.
Dying or inflamed nerves in teeth have a handful of common symptoms:
A root canal is a very straightforward procedure. First, the patient is made comfortable with local anesthesia. Then, a small hole is drilled into the affected tooth through which the infected tissue can be extracted. Once complete, antimicrobial medications are usually applied to the site before the tooth is filled with a placeholder, sealed, and then capped with a temporary dental crown which will later be replaced by a permanent prosthetic that will be nearly impossible to tell from a natural crown.
Despite what you may have heard, root canals, when properly performed, are no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling, though the procedure will take a little longer. Any discomfort after the procedure is easily controlled through medications.
If you think you need a root canal, Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental is the most respected hub for leading edge Burbank dentistry. For more information, visit our contact page or call the number at the top-right of your screen.