Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics
Serving the Inland Empire including Hesperia, San Bernardino, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Root canal treatment isn’t as scary as it sounds. When the inside of your tooth contains damaged nerves or blood vessels, you’re likely to start feeling pain. A root canal procedure eliminates the pain by cleaning out your tooth from the inside. The team at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics is committed to serving the men and women in Southern California’s Inland Empire and high and low deserts. With offices in San Bernardino, Rancho Mirage, Hesperia, Palm Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga, call or go online to learn more about root canal treatment.
Root Canal Q & A
What is root canal?
A root canal refers to two things:
- The inner part of the tooth where soft tissue resides
- The treatment used to remove infections and eliminate pain
Your teeth contain nerves and blood vessels. After your adult teeth grow out, the nerve is there to sense heat and cold.
Should something happen to it — say, it’s accidentally damaged during a cavity filling procedure — you run the risk of infection, swelling, and severe toothache.
Root canal treatment removes all the damaged pulp — the part in the center of the tooth that contains living tissue and cells — and permanently seals the tooth with a crown and strong filling material.
The removal of damaged nerves is a standard and safe procedure.
What causes root canal pain?
Causes of root canal pain include, but are not limited to:
You might experience root canal pain if the decay that starts inside the tooth reaches the outer layer of the tooth.
If your tooth is chipped or cracked, it’s a lot more vulnerable to tooth decay and root canal pain.
Tooth pulp infections can lead to severe tooth decay. The team at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics can recommend a series of treatments, including a root canal, to repair the damage.
When should you get a root canal treatment?
The team at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics recommends root canal treatment to cure:
- Severe pain while eating
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- Small bumps on the gums near the affected area
- Tenderness and swelling in the gums
- Tooth darkening
What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment has many benefits, including:
- Total restoration of chewing abilities
- Protection of neighboring teeth from wear and strain
- Aesthetically seamless appearance
- Strengthening of biting force
Are there foods I should not eat after a root canal?
The team at Hospitality Dental recommends that you not eat or drink these foods after your root canal:
- Crunchy foods like carrots and apples
- Chewy, sticky foods like gum or candy
- Hard foods like ice
- Hot foods
- Spicy food
Remember that you want your the filling and crown to heal correctly. The better the healing, the longer the effects.
How long do results of root canal treatments last?
The results of root canals can last a lifetime if the procedure has been done with expertise and if you maintain a healthy dental hygiene regimen.
Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics has performed root canal treatments since 1971. Call or go online today to get the expert care you need to push the pain away.