Root canals have had a bad reputation in the past. However, thanks to new technology here at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, root canals are now usually no more uncomfortable than a filling. It also helps to know the process to make yourself a little more comfortable!
Rotary endodontics is to thank for quicker, quieter, and more comfortable root canal procedures. We now use electric drills with a flexible file. This makes the process quicker and it also does not stretch or damage the root canal like manual files of the past sometimes did.
To begin a root canal procedure, you dentist will drill an access hole in your tooth to reach the center of the tooth. The inside of the tooth and the root canal will be cleaned out of any decayed tissue and debris. A sealant is then placed inside the tooth to fill the now-empty space. When finished, a filling is placed onto the access hole and the process is complete.
A root canal is needed when the inside of the tooth becomes infected. Signs of infection include pain when chewing or not, sensitivity, red gums, and a dark spot on the tooth. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you experience any of these symptoms consistently.
A root canal is not as scary as once thought. Many patients claim it feels no different than having a cavity filled. To schedule an examination with All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call our office at (858) 270-4904 or visit our website, www.allcoastdental.net.