Just like icebergs, plenty of important parts of your teeth lie below the surface of your gums. We don’t see these parts, but we still have to take care of them, and sometimes we need professional help to do that.

At Pacific Dental Care, we want you to be well- informed when it comes to all aspects of taking care of your teeth. We take care of a wide and diverse patient base as your experienced Glendale Dentist.

That’s why we’re giving you a bite-sized breakdown on root canals, one of the most common procedures that helps you take care of the parts of your teeth you don’t see.

What Exactly Is A Root Canal?

A root canal is a straightforward procedure designed to eliminate inflammation in the pulp of a tooth, usually located in the bottom of a tooth’s root. A dentist starts by numbing the tooth and making an opening in the top of it to reach the pulp chamber in the root.

From there, we use special tools to clean out any infected pulp and shape the root of the tooth to be filled when the process is complete. After that, the root is irrigated and filled with a permanent filling material, as is the opening that was drilled to reach the root.

When Should I Get A Root Canal?

A root canal is usually a good idea when there’s an infection deep inside of your tooth. This happens when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected by bacteria, usually as the result of an injury or a severe and untreated cavity. Signs to look out for include tooth pain ranging from mild to severe, increased sensitivity to hot foods and liquids, and swelling in the gums near the infected tooth.

Is A Root Canal Going to be Painful?

Not as much as you have been led to believe. Decades ago this might have been the truth, but in the modern world of medicine, a root canal can be relatively pain-free. With the help of modern anesthetics, getting a root canal won’t be any more painful than having a cavity filled. At the end of the day, a patient’s reasons for having a root canal are almost always going to be more painful than the actual treatment itself.

Where Can I Find a Root Canal Specialist Near Me?

Root canals are a much faster procedure than they get credit for. The root canal procedure gets a bad reputation as something painful to undergo, but, in truth, the root canal procedure is designed to save you a lot of hurt and grief. If you think you might have an infection in the root of your tooth, it’s always worth it to check with a dentist and see if a root canal could help you. Luckily, Pacific Dental Care is here to look after your teeth and gums, even the parts you don’t see. After just a quick consultation we’ll be able to tell you if you need a root canal, and our professionals can make sure the process is a quick and painless one. Contact us today at (818) 396-7777 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Martirosyan.