Endodontist in Norwalk, CA

What is an endodontist?

A dental specialist who specializes in complicated tooth issues involving the pulp of the teeth is an endodontist. Endodontists diagnose and treat complex causes of tooth pain. They work to relieve the pain while preserving your natural tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to remove infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. It’s typically necessary when the soft tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed due to injury, decay, or deep filling. 

The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then sealing it to prevent further damage. The root canal is typically performed under local anesthesia and is generally a relatively straightforward procedure that can save a damaged or infected tooth.

After the root canal, a crown or filling is usually placed over the tooth to protect it and restore it to its full function. The success rate of root canal treatment is very high, and with proper care, the treated tooth can last a lifetime.

What should I expect following endodontic treatment?

The root canal system inside your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, and sealed with an inert material. All the irritants that caused your toothache have been eliminated. A temporary filling has been placed. Please return to your general dentist for the final restoration (crown) as soon as possible.

It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days after a root canal as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw and corners of your mouth from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car after taking them. You may be prescribed antibiotics. Avoid chewing on that side till the final retoration has been placed .

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact your dentist.

If you have any questions about Root Canal, Endodontic treatments or our dentistry services, please call our office at 562-451-8568 or Book your appointment online!

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