Root Canal

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Root Canal services offered in Los Alamitos, CA

If you have a deep cavity or get hit in the mouth, root canal therapy can prevent the infection from spreading, stop the pain, and preserve your permanent tooth. At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, experienced dentist Richard Blackburn, DMD, and the team specialize in root canal therapy. Using special tools and sedation dentistry, the process is quick, painless, and effective. To make an appointment in Los Alamitos, California, call the office or book online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

If you have tooth pulp that’s infected or inflamed, a root canal can provide immediate relief. Tooth pulp is a substance that contains nerves and blood vessels; it nourishes your teeth and provides temperature sensations but isn’t necessary for their long-term survival. 

By removing the damaged or infected pulp from the center of your tooth, it’s possible to preserve your smile for years to come.

Why would someone need a root canal?

The team at Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry uses root canal therapy to relieve pain caused by:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Blows to the mouth
  • Extensive dental work
  • Untreated cavities

If you experience tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, like ice and anti-inflammatory medication, don’t wait to make an appointment.

What happens during a root canal?

At Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, root canal therapy takes two visits about a week apart.

First root canal visit

If your provider determines that you have a damaged or decaying tooth, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and carefully remove the pulp from the center of your tooth. Afterward, your provider rinses out your tooth with an antiseptic solution and fills it with a material called gutta-percha. 

After the gutta-percha dries, your provider takes impressions of your tooth and covers it with a temporary crown. Last, your provider sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures a permanent crown.

Second root canal visit

When the lab finishes your permanent crown, you return to Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry. Your provider numbs your mouth, removes the temporary crown, and replaces it with the permanent one. 

What is recovery like after a root canal?

After a root canal, you may experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off. While your mouth heals, avoid biting down on or chewing with your temporary crown. 

The Volterra Dental Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry team recommends brushing more gently than usual and taking anti-inflammatory medication if you experience pain. You should be able to return to work and other activities within 24 hours.

To see if you can benefit from a root canal, make an appointment at Volterra Dental and Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.