Do I need root canal therapy?

young woman with beautiful smile on grey wallAt the practice of Dr. Patterson, patients of the Simi Valley, CA community have a wide selection of services to choose from. This includes root canal therapy. When you think of root canal therapy, you probably assume it’s a painful and invasive procedure. However, it is an effective way to save a tooth from extraction and is performed with proper anesthetics and sedation for patient comfort. Knowing when root canal therapy may be needed helps prepare you for your upcoming procedure.

Do I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is typically recommended when the pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. Inflammation or infection can happen due to a deep cavity, a crack or chip in the tooth, or repeated dental procedures. Once the pulp becomes damaged, it cannot heal itself and must be removed to prevent further damage to the tooth.

What are some signs to look for?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need root canal therapy:

  • Severe toothache pain that radiates to other teeth, ear, jaw, or face
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures that lingers after the stimulation has been removed
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the affected tooth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to determine if root canal therapy is necessary and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

What is the recovery after root canal therapy like?

After the root canal procedure, it is normal to experience some soreness and sensitivity. Over-the-counter pain medication can alleviate this discomfort. It is also important to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed. Instead, stick to soft foods for a few days and brush and floss gently around the area.

Call today to request a consultation visit!

Root canal therapy is usually a successful procedure to save your tooth from further damage. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to Dr. Patterson of Simi Valley, CA, by calling 805-584-1194. He will be happy to assist you through every step of the process so you feel at ease and comfortable with your treatment and recovery.

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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
2720 Cochran St, #2b
Simi Valley CA 93065
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2720 Cochran St #2b Simi Valley CA 93065 (805) 584-1194