Root Canal

Torrance Dental Center

General Dentists located in Torrance, CA

A constant toothache due to decay or an infection may require a root canal to restore the health of your tooth. At Torrance Dental Care in Torrance, California, the experienced dentists offer root canal services to protect your oral health. Root canals are an effective way to resolve pain and treat serious infections. Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more about the benefits of a root canal.

Root Canal Q & A

Torrance Dental Center

What is a root canal?

A root canal repairs the problems affecting your nerve tissue, or pulp, of your tooth. A root canal may be necessary if the pulp becomes infected or inflamed.

The pulp contains blood vessels, nerve cells, and connective tissue. If an infection occurs, you might experience severe pain, especially when chewing food.

This pain may also increase due to temperature changes when drinking hot or cold beverages or when the affected tooth is exposed to cold air.

Untreated pulp infections can cause a dental abscess. Untreated abscesses cause additional medical problems including the spread of this infection to other parts of your body. You may even develop a life-threatening infection called sepsis.

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

An abscessed tooth causes mild to severe pain. This pain is persistent and may radiate to other areas of your face, including the neck, ear, and jawbone.

Other symptoms of a tooth abscess include:

  • Fever
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw

If the abscess ruptures, you may notice a bad taste in your mouth. The abscess fluid may also give off a terrible smell. In many cases, when an abscess ruptures, you also experience an immediate relief of pain.

At the first sign of a tooth abscess, schedule an appointment with your dentist to prevent pain and further medical complications.

What can I expect during a root canal?

During your root canal appointment, expect your dentist to administer a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth and surrounding nerves. Next, your dentist creates a tiny opening through the surface of your tooth using small dental instruments. Finally, they remove the diseased or dead pulp tissue from inside your tooth and thoroughly clean the area before filling the tooth with dental cement.

You may receive a recommendation for a crown or other restorative dental service if your teeth require extra support following a root canal.

After the procedure, you may experience sensitivity or discomfort in your tooth for several days. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain and residual swelling.