Root Canal in Hayward, CA
Extensive decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or cracks in teeth can cause a tooth infection or abscess. Abscessed teeth are quite often extremely painful, and when a tooth is abscessed, a root canal is often necessary to remove the infected tissue.
A root canal is a procedure to remove the nerves in a tooth, which relieves the pain, and clear away any infection. Root canals have a reputation as being a painful procedure, but the truth is most patients say root canals are no more uncomfortable than getting a standard filling. The most painful part of a root canal is usually the pain of leaving the abscess untreated!
How Can I Tell if I Need a Root Canal?
Usually, if a tooth is abscessed, it will cause moderate to intense pain. The gums and tissue around the tooth may become swollen and tender, and you may be sensitive to hot and cold liquids. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our Highland Dental of Hayward immediately to schedule an exam. It is possible, however, to need a root canal and experience no pain or symptoms at all. This usually indicates that the roots have died. We may spot a situation like this on a routine x-ray, and if so, we will discuss your options and our concerns with you.
What Is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
We will examine the infected tooth and take x-rays. You may be prescribed an antibiotic to help combat the infection. If one of our Hayward, CA dentists, Dr. Tran or Dr. Villas, determines a root canal is necessary, we will usually schedule a separate appointment for the procedure.
During the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The dentist will open a space in the tooth, working down to the soft pulp and removing any decayed enamel in the process. Then the decayed pulp and nerves will be removed with several tiny files that fit down into the canals of the tooth. The inside of the tooth is sterilized, then sealed with a paste and a rubber compound.
If there is extensive infection, your dentist in Hayward, CA may fill the tooth with medication and place a temporary filling. This will require an additional visit after the infection has cleared up to seal the tooth more permanently.
Often root canals are used in conjunction with crowns, particularly when there is extensive decay of the tooth. If there is enough healthy tooth remaining, the root canal will be sealed with a filling. If a crown is necessary, we will discuss your options for this and place a temporary crown over the tooth while the permanent crown is crafted.
How Do I Care for My Tooth After the Root Canal?
Once the tooth is healed and any fillings or crowns are placed, your treated tooth should function just like a regular tooth. You can eat, drink, and brush normally. Immediately after the procedure, you should use care when biting down on the tooth, especially if you have a temporary filling or crown. The area around the tooth may be tender for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication is usually sufficient to treat this tenderness.
Don’t Suffer Through the Pain of an Abscess! Call Us Now!
Our Hayward, CA dental office wants to help if you have an abscessed tooth. Please call for an appointment and let Drs. Tran and Villas help improve your oral health today.