A root canal is procedure specifically designed to save you from losing a tooth. Our teeth are comprised of certain parts, one of them being the pulp. A tooth’s pulp is where the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue are housed. When this area becomes inflamed or infected, then action must be taken to save that tooth and prevent the spread of infection.

How Do I Know if I Might Need a Root Canal?

When your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you will begin to feel symptoms that prompt you to take action.

    Toothache
    These are pretty common, but certain toothaches point to the possibility of an inflamed/infected pulp. If you experience sharp pain in the middle night that leads into a generalized headache, then your tooth’s root may be suffering.

    Abscess
    If you see a bump near the top part of a tooth and/or pus present in the mouth, then there’s a good chance a root canal will be required.

    Sensitivity
    Extreme pain to hot and cold that lingers for several minutes or longer is an indicator.

    Discoloration
    Dark discoloration on the tooth points to a deteriorated pulp. This is a severe sign.

Don't Wait Around

Masking the pain using anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may only worsen your problem. If you notice a recurring pain that doesn’t seem to go away, then contact our office immediately. It is always better to save a tooth than to have it extracted and replaced. Nothing beats your natural teeth– despite how far technology has come.

The Procedure

If our dentist suspects a tooth’s root is in danger, then an x-ray examination will be performed to help confirm the diagnosis. Root canals may require multiple appointments, with the first appointment taking up to an hour. The second part is for a dental crown since most of your tooth with be lost during the process and must be capped with a crown to restore its appearance.

Feel free to call our office at 213-484-9660 to learn more about the root canal procedure or any other services we provide. Our staff will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.