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By John Chu, D.M.D
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When infection or decay affects the innermost layers of a tooth, extraction is sometimes necessary. However, it is possible to preserve the affected tooth with root canal treatment. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, the experienced dentists at our office in South Pasadena, CA, can determine if a root canal is needed and explain how to care for your tooth following treatment.

Signs a Root Canal is Needed

Certain symptoms can be an indication that a tooth is severely infected or decayed and could possibly benefit from root canal treatment. The best way to determine if a root canal is needed is to undergo a thorough oral exam that includes taking x-ray images. See a dentist promptly if you develop any of the following signs that a root canal might be needed:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Sensitivity or pain when biting and chewing food
  • Formation of an abscess in the gums

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a bit like having a cavity filled. A primary difference between the two procedures is that only the outer layers of a tooth require attention when treating cavities. Root canal treatment is needed when the innermost layer of a tooth is infected or plagued by decay. A soft material called pulp can be found at the center of a tooth and also extends down into the canals of the root. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected or decaying pulp.

Once the pulp has been removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of the root, the interior of the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, the tooth is filled in and sealed. After the area has completely healed, a dental crown can be placed over the restored tooth to strengthen and protect it. The skilled dentists at our office in South Pasadena can determine if root canal treatment can restore your damaged or infected tooth.

Post-Operative Care

Following root canal treatment, the restored tooth and surrounding gums will need time to heal. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can be taken to reduce swelling and alleviate any pain or discomfort. It is also beneficial to rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day for a few days to promote circulation and speed up the healing process.

It is normal to feel some pain or discomfort for a few days following root canal treatment. Some steps you can take to avoid aggravating the affected area as it heals include chewing food on the opposite side of the mouth for a few days. It is also best to avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods, as well as biting into hard foods or substances, such as ice cubes. Finally, be sure to continue your normal brushing and flossing routine to keep the mouth clean.

Root canal treatment can save an infected or decaying tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin to learn more about root canals by calling our office in South Pasadena at (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: root canal  

Find out why you might need root canal therapy.Root Canal

 

Has one of our South Pasadena, CA, dentists Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin just told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you may be scratching your head wondering what happened. Root canal treatment is actually a very common endodontic procedure, with around 15 million people undergoing this treatment each year. Find out why root canals are performed and why they might be necessary for the health of your teeth.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The goal of this endodontic procedure is to treat problems that are occurring within the tooth. Below the hard enamel layers of a tooth lies a structure that is known as the dental pulp. The pulp is a tissue that contains the nerves of the tooth. While the pulp is important for the tooth while it is developing, once the tooth has fully matured, the root canal is no longer necessary for the tooth to survive.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

There are many situations in which the dental pulp can become inflamed or infected including decay, injury, an infection or a crack/chip in the tooth. If the problem is left untreated, not only will you most likely notice severe dental pain but also an abscess may form (a pus-filled growth) around the infected tooth. To prevent the tooth from needing to be extracted in the near future, our South Pasadena, CA, general dentist will recommend root canal treatment.

What are the steps involved in this endodontic procedure?

We will first need to run X-rays to determine whether the pulp is infected/inflamed. If this is the case, we will numb the tooth using a local anesthesia. This will ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort during your procedure.

Once the treatment area is completely numb, we will make a hole in the crown of the tooth so that we can enter the inside of the tooth. Once inside the tooth, we will remove the pulp and disinfect the tooth and root canals. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, we will fill the root canals with a special material to make sure that another infection doesn’t occur.

Once the tooth has been filled the last step will be to make a dental crown for the tooth and to cement the crown over the tooth to restore it.

Are you noticing a toothache that just won’t go away? If so, this could be a warning sign. Any changes to your oral health should be assessed by our South Pasadena, CA, general dentists right away. Call our office today.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What is a Root Canal Procedure Like; will it hurt?
Why root canals are nothing to fear.

Your tooth hurts, and you’re worried you might need a root canal. You’ve heard all kinds of stories about root canals. It’s time for you to know the truth. Your dentists Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, California want you to know you have nothing to fear root canalfrom root canals.

The first root canals go way back to the late 1600’s, but they’ve come a long way since then. Root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are now a state-of-the-art modern way to relieve pain and preserve your teeth. Before root canals, the only way to relieve pain was to take the tooth out, but now you don’t have to. Drs. Chu and Lin can save your tooth with a root canal.

There are many reasons you may need a root canal, including deep dental decay, trauma or a dental infection called an abscess. You may feel pain, but not always. Your dentists will take x-rays and do testing to determine for sure if you need a root canal. If you do need a root canal, fear not! Drs. Chu and Lin will make sure you have a comfortable experience before, during and after your root canal treatment.

Root canals typically take more than one visit, because if your tooth is badly inflamed, it may take a little time to “calm down”. At your first visit, your dentists will open your tooth and remove the diseased tissue inside your tooth using tiny files. Your dentists fill the tooth with a temporary material that works to reduce inflammation.

At your next appointment, your dentists will complete your root canal by filling your tooth with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Your tooth will no longer be painful, but you can still use it.

After your completed root canal, Drs. Chu and Lin will discuss what type of permanent restoration your tooth will need. Typically, dental crowns are the go-to treatment for teeth with root canals because the teeth will be more fragile, and a crown is much more protective than a regular filling.

So, if you think you may need a root canal, don’t be afraid! Call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, California, your root canal experts in the neighborhood. Don’t wait, call today and feel better!



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