Root Canal Therapy

Severe tooth pain can be caused by many factors such as a deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture. A compromised tooth can become susceptible to bacterial infection, which can degenerate the pulp, increase blood flow and thereby create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe pain, bone degeneration, and eventual tooth loss. Root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction¬†and prevent systemic infection. In addition, by keeping your own natural tooth intact, you won’t have to invest time and money on replacement teeth.

Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today’s advanced analgesics and technology. Dr. David Kim uses a surgical microscope to achieve the best result possible for your tooth. The entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. The procedure consists of cleaning out the diseased canal or canals, filling the canals with a biologically-inert substance, thereby sealing it from further infection. After the root canal, the tooth will need a post, a core, and a crown in order to restore the lost tooth structure.

While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and check ups. Root canals are highly successful, and with the skills and expertise of the doctors at Irvine Lake Dental, you can enjoy life without the pain of an aching tooth.