Root Canals

Fuller Smiles

Dental Clinics located in Culver City, Rancho Cucamonga, and Long Beach CA

The anticipation of a root canal procedure can be nerve-racking for a lot of men and women. Fuller Smiles wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. The professional dental team at Fuller Smiles is well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. If you’re concerned about having a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online. Fuller Smiles has three convenient locations in Rancho Cucamonga, Culver City, and Long Beach, California.

Root Canals

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at Fuller Smiles removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What is the procedure for a root canal?

Most often, one of the dentists at Fuller Smiles completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first need X-rays so they can judge the magnitude of damage to the tooth needing a root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, one of the dentists at Fuller Smiles will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. If needed, they stick a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After anesthesia is applied, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

Then, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

Book a consultation online or call Fuller Smiles if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.