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Root Canal Therapy – Huntington Beach, CA

Saving and Protecting Your Teeth with Care

While you may hear the phrase “root canal” and immediately associate it with discomfort, this common dental procedure’s main goal is to save your tooth and get you out of pain. In fact, before root canal therapy, common infection and decay would typically lead to tooth extraction. Thankfully, Dr. Alexandria N. Arditti is experienced in root canal therapy to save your teeth, get you out of pain, and prevent more issues in the future. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about getting a root canal in Huntington Beach.

What is a Root Canal?

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The most common cause of a root canal is severe decay that penetrates your protective tooth enamel, which reaches the more sensitive part of your tooth structure. During your root canal therapy, Dr. Arditti will remove the infected and damaged area of your tooth. Then, she will clean away any decay that could lead to infection in the future. Once all of your infected or damaged tissue is removed, she will seal your tooth to keep it safe and protected. If a larger part of your tooth structure is damaged, she may restore it with a crown to keep it strong.  

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

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A root canal is needed when your dental pulp, the sensitive inside portion of your tooth, becomes infected. If you leave your infected and damaged root canals untreated, it can lead to more serious issues that can affect other parts of your oral health. Root canals can lead to abscesses and infections throughout the mouth, causing damage to your gums, supportive tissue, and even tooth loss if a root canal isn’t performed. If you’ve been feeling pain in your tooth or notice small pimple-like abscesses in your mouth, contact Dr. Arditti for treatment as soon as possible. She takes pride in her ability to save teeth from extraction and prevent the spreading of infection.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

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Patients tend to associate root canals with pain, but the reality is that most patients experience more discomfort before visiting our office than during the procedure. Dr. Arditti, an expert dentist in Huntington Beach, will make sure you’re comfortable and that your mouth is numb before starting your root canal. She also offers sedation to keep you as relaxed as possible. After she removes all of the infection or decay from your tooth, she will seal it with a strong material called gutta percha. This seals your inner, more sensitive part of your tooth structure from infection, damage, and sensitivity.

Recovering from a Root Canal

Once your root canal is complete, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity, but this should subside after a few days. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and rest to speed up your recovery. If you’re still experiencing discomfort after more than a few days, you should contact our office right away because you may still have decay or infection in your tooth.