A root canal is a procedure to treat decay or trauma that has damaged the central section of the tooth, known as the pulp.
The canals of a tooth extend from the pulp down to the jawbone and hold the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues which support the development of the tooth.
Dr. Nourian uses specialized instruments and techniques to access the pulpy interior of the tooth’s canals. When these techniques are used to clean and repair the interior of the tooth, it is referred to as a root canal.
Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing the deep damage and tooth decay that requires root canal treatment.
You should brush your teeth, thoroughly, twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure to have a professional dental checkup and professional cleaning twice a year at the office of Ron Nourian, DDS. Regular checkups allow Dr. Nourian to identify and treat any issues before more invasive treatments like root canals are needed.
Some of the signs that a root canal is needed include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nourian today to see if a root canal is right for you.
Modern root canal procedures utilize innovative pain management techniques to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort experienced throughout the procedure. You will experience little to no pain during a root canal.
Dr. Nourian may suggest over-the-counter painkillers to treat any swelling or discomfort following treatment.
In nearly all cases, the better treatment option is to preserve the natural tooth. Natural teeth have roots which stimulate the continued cycle of bone replacement in the jaw for better oral health.
Additionally, saving a natural tooth is typically much less expensive than having one extracted and replacing it with a restoration device.
If you think you may need a root canal, call Ron Nourian, DDS, or book an appointment online today.