Root canal therapy or just a “root canal” for short, is a treatment that’s used to restore, protect, and preserve infected teeth. Teeth become infected when the outer layers of enamel and dentin are damaged or destroyed by a cavity or dental trauma. This exposes the “pulp” inside the tooth, which is filled with the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive.
In a root canal, Dr. Naman Zia Ebrahimi (Dr. E) will use special tools to open up the tooth, clean out this infected pulp, then fill it up and protect it with a filling or a dental crown. This eliminates pain, destroys the infection, and keeps your tooth healthy for years to come. Got a toothache in Fountain Valley? Contact us today to get the help you need.
To begin the process, Dr. E will clean the treatment area and numb your mouth to ensure you feel no discomfort during your procedure. Then, he’ll isolate the tooth with a rubber dam.
Next, Dr. E will use a drill to remove damaged tooth material, and will create a small opening in the surface of your tooth. This gives him access to the inside of your tooth.
In the next step, Dr. E will use special tools to remove infected pulp from deep within your tooth. He will clean it thoroughly to remove all of the bacteria, then flush and sanitize the tooth.
As the final step, Dr. E will fill the tooth with gutta-percha. This is a material that replaces your pulp and strengthens your tooth from the inside. Then, he will place a temporary filling or crown. You will usually need to come back in a few weeks to get a permanent crown.
You need root canal therapy if you have an infected tooth. The most obvious symptom of a tooth infection is a prolonged toothache. If you have a toothache that doesn't go away and keeps getting worse, it’s likely due to a tooth infection.
Other symptoms may include inflammation and discoloration of the gums near the tooth, or discoloration of the tooth itself. In some cases, you may even notice swelling near the infected tooth, or a fever. If you notice any of these signs of a tooth infection, you should contact the office of Dr. Naman Zia Ebrahimi for a consultation right away.
Veneers can restore the shape and appearance of your teeth if they are worn from issues like teeth grinding (bruxism). If you are struggling with teeth grinding, it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting a night guard to protect your teeth after you get veneers.
As long as the damage is limited to the outer layers of enamel and dentin, veneers may be used to treat minor chipping or breakage in the teeth. If you are struggling with a more serious injury, your tooth may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.
Irregular and misshapen teeth can be treated and restored with veneers, providing you with a straighter and more even smile.
Veneers can resolve any minor tooth misalignment and gap in your smile. After your teeth are trimmed and covered with veneers to correct these issues, you can enjoy a bright, straight, natural-looking smile.
Keep in mind that veneers can only be used to treat minor misalignment and tooth gapping issues. For more serious teeth alignment complications, your dentist may recommend orthodontic care. Treatment such as Invisalign or braces may be required before cosmetic treatment with veneers.
No. During your appointment, your mouth will be numb, and you won’t feel any pain. Your tooth may feel a little bit sore for a day or two, but that’s it. In fact, getting a root canal is the best way to relieve the pain of an infected tooth, which can be extremely uncomfortable.
If you do feel continued pain for more than a few days after your appointment, you should contact Dr. E for a follow up. It’s possible that you will need retreatment to eliminate any lingering bacteria and completely eliminate the infection.