Very few patients react positively when they hear they need a root canal, but for many, that’s because of the sinister reputation this dental procedure has. In reality, root canal therapy has outgrown this myth.
Modern root canal treatment uses advanced dental instruments and techniques and is often just as comfortable as a filling.
Patients who come to Healthy Living Dentistry in need of a root canal are often experiencing significant dental pain, which we can quickly relieve. Root canals allow us to help restore our patient’s peace of mind and stress-free smile.
More often than not, by the time we see a patient with tooth pain, they may require root canal therapy to manage their pain and save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted and replaced. By carrying out a root canal, we can save you discomfort, stress, and money.
When Do Patients Need a Root Canal?
In our many years of experience, we’ve discovered that demystifying the root canal procedure can cut down on many of the stress and fear that patients might have.
For example, did you know that the root canal is itself a natural part of your tooth? It is a cavity within your tooth that houses the nerve and pulp chamber.
Occasionally, the root canal can become inflamed or infected. When this happens, patients often report pain, tooth sensitivity, swelling, or abscesses – all signs that the inner part of your tooth has become infected. Without treatment, the infection can spread to neighboring healthy teeth, creating havoc and damage to your gums and jawbone along the way.
During the root canal procedure, Dr. Roy Kim will administer a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel a thing.
Using advanced dental tools, he will then carefully remove any infected tissue. At this point, we will sterilize and seal the area to prevent reinfection. Finally, Dr. Kim will bond a dental crown to the tooth to help protect and stabilize it.
The process of a root canal can weaken your tooth's integrity, but the dental crown restores it. Patients will go over this with Dr. Kim before the procedure, so there are no surprises.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
If you are experiencing any pain or signs of an inflamed tooth, call Healthy Living Dentistry right away. We accept dental emergencies and work hard to see you on the same day.
While not the norm, it is possible that an infected or damaged tooth isn’t accompanied by tooth pain. At this stage, this may indicate that the nerve has died. We can catch this situation during routine dental cleanings and exams. Even though you don’t feel pain, we still need to treat the issue to prevent problems down the road.
Schedule a Root Canal Appointment in Foothill Ranch, CA
Call Healthy Living Dentistry dentist Dr. Roy Kim today to schedule your appointment for root canal treatment.
Please don’t wait for your tooth pain to get worse; call us today so we can save your tooth and manage your pain.