Despite their reputation, did you know that root canals are actually one of the best ways to stop severe dental pain, not cause it? This procedure allows us to treat the worst toothaches and save teeth from extraction in the process. If you have a throbbing tooth right now that only seems to be getting worse, contact us today to start getting the relief you deserve with root canal therapy in Beverly Hills.
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Common Signs That You Need a Root Canal
There are some instances where you may need a root canal but symptoms are not clearly visible. However, the most common sign by far is consistent and severe dental discomfort, especially when chewing or applying any kind of pressure. You may also notice lingering sensitivity to your tooth, particularly after having a food or beverage that was very hot or cold. Swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth in question are also a sign that you need a root canal.
Furthermore, there are visual cues that imply you need to have root canal therapy performed. If you notice pimple-like bumps on your gum tissue, it’s possible that an oral infection has already developed. If your tooth is darkly discolored (specifically dark gray, brown or yellow), you need to see a dentist right away for care.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
When a tooth develops an infection in its inner layer, called the dental pulp, the only solution is root canal therapy. After a patient’s tooth has been numbed, a small hole is placed in the enamel, through which the pulp is removed. The interior of the tooth is then cleaned, sanitized, and filled to restore internal support for the enamel. At this point, the toothache should be completely gone, and at a follow-up appointment, the tooth will be fully restored using a dental crown. Once this entire process is finished, it should look and feel like nothing was wrong with it in the first place.
What Should I Do After My Root Canal?
Root canal therapy has an incredibly high success rate (around 95%), but it’s important that you follow all aftercare instructions from our dental office to ensure no complications appear. For starters, you should take over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce discomfort and inflammation. Immediately after your surgery, be sure to get plenty of rest, drink fluids throughout the day, and keep your head elevated to promote healing. Avoid using straws or spitting vigorously as this can dislodge the blood clot that’s meant to form in your tooth’s socket. In most cases, patients can return to their normal activities after a day or so of rest and keeping to a soft diet. You should continue brushing and flossing as normal, just make sure to avoid the treated tooth until it has been covered with a crown.
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