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How a Root Canal Can Save Your Smile

June 10, 2020
Posted By: The Dental Care Center
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If you have a toothache or ongoing tooth sensitivity, it’s important to visit your dentist for a diagnosis. In many cases, a toothache means a root infection or deep decay that requires a root canal in Van Nuys.

Sometimes your dentist finds a root infection during your routine dental exam. You do not have pain because the infection is only emerging, or the tooth root is too damaged to allow for pain. In this case, you still require a root canal treatment to save your tooth and prevent the spread of infection.

If you have sustained trauma to your tooth, known as a dental emergency, you may also require root canal therapy to help restore your oral health.

Your dentist in Van Nuys is here to help.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Despite the myths surrounding root canal therapy, it is a straightforward procedure that your dentist performs on a numbed tooth. Your dentist gently removes the infected root from the root canal of your tooth and cleans the area thoroughly. We cover the small hole with a transitory filling. After the area has healed—about two weeks—we provide a permanent filling or a dental crown.

A dental crown fits over the treated tooth, and it is designed in shape and in color to match adjacent teeth.

Because the area is numb, you should not feel pain during treatment. For a day or two following your root canal, you may notice mild soreness, but this is treatable with store-bought pain relievers.

Preventing Dental Emergencies & Tooth Pain 

Your dentist in Van Nuys recommends brushing and flossing at least twice daily and coming to our dental office for exams and teeth cleanings at least two times every year. These best practices have been shown to lower your risks of needing a root canal or urgent dental care.

Contact Our Dentist Office in the 91405 Area Today!

If your looking for root canal treatment in Van Nuys, or suspect you might have a root infection, get in touch with us to schedule a dental appointment.

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