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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.

Root Canal FAQs

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Although you now know a bit more about getting a root canal in Huntington Beach, why this restorative dentistry procedure is so important, and what to expect during the healing process, you may still have a few questions on your mind. To make the research process as seamless and stress-free as possible, our team at Pacific View Dental Group has listed a few frequently asked questions (and their answers!) below. However, if you can’t find the answer you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can provide you with immediate assistance.

What Are the Signs a Root Canal Is Needed?

Although the most common indicator of needing a root canal is pain, sometimes absolutely no symptoms are present. That’s why attending your six-month dental checkups are so important! That being said, if any of the below symptoms arise between your routine visits, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach, Dr. Arditti, right away:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling/inflammation of the nearby gums
  • A persistent pimple on the gums

How Successful Are Root Canals?

Currently, root canals hold an impressive 95% success rate! To ensure they stay in pristine condition, make sure to prioritize your oral hygiene regimen by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting our team every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Neglecting to do so can lead to additional decay and infection. After all, while the crown is cavity-resistant, the tooth underneath is still susceptible. So, make sure to be diligent about your dental care routine even after you’ve healed!

What Can I Eat After the Root Canal Procedure?

Following your root canal, we recommend that you don’t eat anything until the numbing agent has worn off, which will prevent you from accidentally biting down on your tongue or lip. If you have a temporary crown, then you may be advised to avoid chewing on that side until your permanent one is in place. To prevent irritation, it’s best to stick with soft foods, like yogurt, soup, and applesauce, and work your way back up to your normal diet.

How Can I Avoid Needing a Root Canal?

Like most things in dentistry, prevention is key. Priority number one is to complete your oral hygiene routine twice a day and visit our office every six months for a dental exam and thorough cleaning. This will ensure your teeth are free of food particles and bacteria and that your oral cavity is examined by a professional every six months. It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that aren’t exactly mouth-healthy, like peanut brittle, toffee, and other hard, cavity-causing products.

If you have a painful toothache, are overdue for your biannual appointment, or simply have a sneaking suspicion that you need a root canal, don’t hesitate to contact our team. From there, we can schedule a time for you to come in and get your oral health back in tip-top shape!