Root Canal Treatment
The term “root canal” is one of the most dreaded by patients because they associate root canal treatment with pain. At Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, however, you can count on comfortable procedures – even in the case of root canal therapy.
Part of what brought Dr. Maria Kim to dentistry was that she saw a need for gentle and compassionate treatment. Her kind nature and gentle spirit puts patients at ease. 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 a number of questions to completely understand their dental care.
We take our time with each patient 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!
Tooth-Saving Root Canal Treatment
Saving your natural teeth is important. 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 pain. 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.
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 improvement over the course of a few days until it disappears entirely.
Post Root Canal Treatment
At your follow-up exam, we will ensure we completely eliminated the infection in your tooth and make a recommendation for a permanent restoration to protect your tooth long term.
Because teeth can become brittle after a root canal, we often recommend a dental crown to provide added support and stability. Dental crowns come in tooth-colored porcelain or durable zirconium. The one that works best for you will depend upon your personal preference as well as the location of your tooth.
Once we place your protective crown, you will be able to chew normally again. Root canal therapy combined with the proper restoration can prolong the life of your tooth by years and even decades.
Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?
If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is your body’s way of asking you to take action! Don’t hesitate to call. The sooner you contact our Arcadia, CA dental office, the sooner we can help you feel like yourself again.
Our entire team will work toward providing you with a comfortable, healthy smile!