Root Canal Treatment in Arcadia, CA

Serving the Arcadia, CA community

The term “root canal” is one of the most dreaded by dental patients because they associate root canal treatment with pain. At Maria Kim, DMD, however, you can count on comfortable procedures – even in the case of root canal therapy.

Dr. Maria Kim developed an interest in dentistry because of her desire to provide patients with gentle and compassionate dental treatment. Her kind nature and gentle spirit put patients at ease, and she will take her time and treat you the way you want to be treated. Your goals and concerns will always be heard and considered. After all, it is your smile!

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If you have a toothache or it’s been a while since your last appointment, please call our Arcadia dental office. Dr. Kim and our team will make sure you get the quality care you need to relieve your discomfort and restore your oral health.

We get lots of questions about root canal treatment, and we've shared some of them here. But please don't hesitate to call us if you need more information!

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

The first indication that you need a root canal is often pain. But that’s not always a reliable indicator as some root canal infections don’t cause any pain.

Here is a complete list of symptoms that might indicate you need a root canal:

  • Intense pain that worsens over time
  • A raised bump or “pimple” on your gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain when touching the tooth
  • A dark or discolored tooth

If you notice any of these symptoms, please call Dr. Maria Kim right away. Timely root canal treatment at our Arcadia dental office will prevent the infection from spreading and causing further damage to the tooth and the structures that support it.

Without treatment, we will eventually need to extract the tooth, so it’s essential to reach out to us as soon as possible.

Why do I need a root canal? Can’t you just extract the tooth?

Saving your natural teeth is crucial. Not only does it protect the appearance of your smile, but also your health. Losing teeth can lead to bone loss and affect your bite. Your mouth is a delicate balance of muscles, joints, and teeth that all need to work together in harmony.

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when your tooth is infected. Often, the first symptom is a toothache. When you come to our office, we will take an x-ray and perform other tests to determine if root canal treatment is right for you.

What happens during a root canal?

Your comfort is our priority at our Arcadia dental office. For this reason, Dr. Kim has invested in rotary endodontic technology that streamlines your procedure and improves your comfort.

Dr. Kim will first remove signs of infection and bacteria from your tooth’s root canal then place medication to assist your body’s natural healing process. She will seal your tooth to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal.

For the next couple of weeks, we will give your body time to heal. While it is common to experience a small amount of sensitivity after a root canal, you should feel start to feel improvement over the next few days until it disappears entirely.

Does getting a root canal hurt?

Contrary to what you’ve probably heard your whole life, root canals performed at our Arcadia dental office are not painful. It is the infection that causes your pain, and removing it also removes the source of your pain.

But we understand that you may still be apprehensive about root canal treatment. Dr. Kim is a caring dentist in Arcadia, CA who puts your comfort first. She also treats her patients with patience, knowing that some people take a bit longer to get numb than others, and some patients like to ask several questions to understand their dental care completely.

Our staff is careful to explain all parts of an appointment to our patients so that they are familiar with what will be happening to them. For patients with more severe dental anxiety, Dr. Kim can also prescribe sedation dentistry medication that will help calm nerves before appointments. 

Will I experience any pain after my root canal?

For the first couple of days after your procedure, you may experience some soreness or discomfort, but not pain. These sensations are completely normal and usually goes away in a day or two.

Many of our patients find relief using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. If you feel real pain, or your discomfort lasts longer than a couple of days, please call our Arcadia dental office.

Do you always place crowns after a root canal?

At your follow-up exam, we will ensure that the infection was eliminated from your tooth. Based on your unique needs, Dr. Kim will make a recommendation for a permanent restoration like a dental crown to protect your tooth over the long term.

Because teeth can become brittle after a root canal, we often recommend a dental crown to provide added support and stability. If the procedure was done conservatively, a tooth-colored filling might be all that’s needed to protect the tooth. But this depends on the location of the tooth and the root canal procedure itself

If we need to make a larger access hole in your tooth, or if it’s a tooth that withstands a lot of chewing force, Dr. Kim would recommend a dental crown. Adding a crown will strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage.

Will my dental crown look natural?

Dr. Kim offers dental crowns made of tooth-colored porcelain or durable zirconium. Both are strong and durable and resemble the appearance of tooth enamel. The one we choose is the one that works best for you depends on your personal preference and the location of your tooth.

Once we place your protective crown, you will be able to chew comfortably again. Root canal therapy at our Arcadia dental office combined with the proper restoration can prolong the life of your tooth by years and even decades.

I’m getting a root canal on a front tooth. Do I still need a dental crown?

Depending on the extent of the procedure, we may not need to place a crown on a front tooth. If the access hole is small enough, a tooth-colored filling may be all that’s needed to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Do you perform emergency root canals?

Dental pain is your body’s way of asking you to take action! Don’t hesitate to call us as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms. Dr. Kim reserves time in her daily schedule to accommodate painful dental emergencies, often providing treatment on the same day. The sooner you contact our Arcadia, CA dental office, the sooner we can help you feel like yourself again.