Root Canals Specialist

Beautiful Smiles, Inc.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Newport Beach, CA

Tooth pain can be difficult to treat without proper care, but a root canal can deliver the relief you need to chew without pain once again. The experienced dental team at Beautiful Smiles, Inc. in Newport Beach, California performs root canal therapy to eliminate tooth infections and alleviate constant tooth pain. If you think root canal therapy is the right treatment for you, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to save a tooth that is in danger of extraction due to infection or decay. Beneath your tooth enamel and hard dentin lies pulp, a soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves. When your pulp becomes infected or decayed, it can cause a broad range of dental problems, including tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss.

Fortunately, your tooth pulp does the majority of its work during your initial tooth development, so it’s not actually needed once your teeth have fully formed. To prevent your infection from worsening, your dentist may recommend a root canal to remove this infected pulp.

Why would I need a root canal?

If you have a tooth infection or severe tooth decay, you may experience the following dental problems:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, neck, or head
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Gum pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth abscess (a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of your tooth root)
  • Bone loss
  • Drainage issues

By removing your tooth pulp and cleaning your entire tooth chamber, a Beautiful Smiles, Inc. dentist can stop the infection from spreading and alleviate your pain.

What is involved in a root canal?

The first step in a root canal is to take X-rays and scans of your mouth to determine whether the infection has spread outside of your tooth pulp and into the surrounding tissues and bone. At your next appointment, your dentist will use anesthesia to numb the area of the infection.

Next, a small hole is drilled into your tooth, giving your dentist access to the infection. The pulp, along with any bacteria, is then removed and the chamber is fully cleaned.

Once your tooth chamber has been cleaned, your dentist fills the hole with a rubber compound called gutta percha and seal it. If further restoration is needed, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to keep your tooth healthy and strong.

Severe tooth pain can impact your ability to laugh, smile, and chew without pain. If you think you may be a good candidate for root canal therapy, call Beautiful Smiles, Inc. or book an appointment online today.