At Hoover Dental Center, serving downtown Los Angeles, University Park, Jefferson Park, and Korea Town, we understand that the thought of a root canal instills fear. When you work with Dr. Hee Jee Yoon, you will get the endodontic treatment Los Angeles, California, residents are comfortable with throughout the procedure. If you have dental pain and are told you need a root canal, you don’t need to worry. This is a safe, effective method to eliminate dental pain and restore your tooth, so it doesn’t have to be extracted. Save your teeth with a root canal and prevent the tooth from being pulled.
A root canal is necessary when you have a tooth that is severely infected, and the treatment is beyond filling a typical cavity. Once the pulp inside your tooth is infected, the only way to save the tooth is to perform a root canal. If you ignore the problem, the tooth becomes more painful and infected. Significant decay in the tooth, trauma to the tooth, or a cracked tooth can lead to inflammation within the tooth. A root canal resolves the infection and provides a stable attachment point for a crown to be placed. The pulp within your tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Although the pulp is necessary when you are young, and your teeth are growing, your tooth can survive without the pulp inside.
The process of getting a root canal involves numbing your mouth and removing any decay or infected pulp. With the pulp removed, the pain is eliminated because there are no longer nerves within the tooth. This is much like filling a cavity for the patient, and you should be comfortable throughout the procedure. The tooth is sealed off and prepared for the placement of a temporary crown. Once your permanent crown is created, this will replace any temporary crown put in place. Once the area has healed, the new root canal-treated tooth will be like a regular tooth.
After the procedure is complete, understand that the area may be sensitive to cold for a few days. Avoid putting too much pressure on the tooth, brush, and floss gently, and eat soft foods to help protect the tooth. Always rinse your mouth after eating, as it is crucial to your healing to keep the area clean. Dr. Yoon will give you a list of instructions to follow to care for the tooth after root canal treatment.
If you need a root canal, it’s time to call Hoover Dental Center at (213) 725-2898. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Yoon and prevent the need for a tooth extraction. When you need a root canal, waiting for treatment can lead to an infection or tooth loss.