Toluca Lake Root Canal Dentist Helps Patients Understand The Root Canal Process

Written by Dr. McKay on Apr 27, 2021

Severe dental damage requires comprehensive treatment in order to get your oral health back on track. Root canal therapy is actually one of the most important and transformative tools in our dental toolbox. Our Toluca Lake root canal dentists explain…

Why Might A Root Canal Be Necessary?

Root canal treatment gets rid of inner core of a fractured or diseased tooth. Our dentist clears out the dental pulp, dental nerves, and tooth roots, so that, ultimately, we are able to save as much dentin and enamel as we can.

How Would I Know? 

The only way to be sure that you need a root canal is to complete an assessment with your dental team. However, there are some symptoms, or “red flags” for which you can be on the look-out, including…

  • tooth pain
  • jaw pain
  • spots of discoloration on visible enamel
  • swollen, receding, or painful gum tissue
  • chronic bad breath

What Can I Expect?  

The first step in our treatment process is to determine the severity of dental damage or infection. Using digital X-rays, our team will get a clear visualization of what’s going on under the surface of your smile.

Once we’ve completed our assessment and pre-planning, we will get to work:

  • Clearing out compromised enamel and dentin
  • Eliminating dental pulp, nerves, and roots
  • Sterilizing the remaining healthy tooth structure
  • Filling the tooth to stabilize it
  • Repairing and rebuilding missing tooth structure with a custom crown

Serious dental damage, if left untreated, can intensify and put the rest of your smile at risk. That is why we encourage you to reach out to our Toluca Lake root canal dentists if you think you have a damaged or infected tooth. We’re here to help!