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Newport-Irvine Root Canals

Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a cap or crown that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function.

 Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort…

But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 Newport-Irvine root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for a Newport-Irvine root canal?

Yes, in the event that decay or damage has allowed bacteria to infect the pulp inside your tooth. A root canal could also be the right treatment if the patient wants to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible instead of extracting both the healthy and diseased portions of your tooth. For more information about Newport-Irvine root canals, schedule a dental exam and consultation with Dr. Grupe.

What should I expect during my root canal treatment?

If undergoing a root canal, the first step in the procedure will involve a local anesthetic. Once the tooth root is numb, the diseased portion of the tooth pulp will be removed and potentially treated for bacterial infection. The tooth will then be sealed and filled before being restored with a crown.  Dr. Grupe clinical expertise will ensure you have minimal discomfort during your procedure, many of his patients often fall asleep during their root canal procedure.

What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?

It is normal for teeth to become inflamed after a root canal, potentially causing sensitivity for the first several days following treatment. However, normal brushing and flossing habits can be resumed immediately after treatment and restoration is complete.