A root canal can save a severely damaged tooth from extraction.

Root canal. Those two words have been known to strike terror into the heart of any dental patient. And they are also good for scaring people who aren’t even sitting in the dental chair. Those words conjure up images of hour after hour in the chair, and a great deal of pain.

But the truth is that root canals do not take nearly as long as the stereotype implies. And for that matter, when you visit our dentist, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and his associates, for a root canal in Commerce, California, they will ensure that it is a painless experience. A root canal can save a tooth that would have required an extraction in years gone by.

girl holding an icepack to her mouthAt the very center of your tooth is the pulp. The pulp is important because it contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth healthy and alive. If it becomes infected, you can experience an abscess and other problems. But if the pulp is removed, the structure of the tooth can be preserved and covered with a crown.

You may need a root canal if you experience tooth sensitivity or pain, swelling in the area around the tooth including the gums or jaw, or a discoloring of your tooth.

The dentist will access and remove the diseased pulp and sterilize the interior of your tooth. After replacing the pulp with a medicated material, the dentist will then seal the tooth. You will return for another appointment, so the dentist can check the healing progress, and to talk with you about placing a crown on your tooth. In the meantime, if you experience nausea, a fever, chills or pain in your tooth, contact our office right away.

If you are experiencing problems with one of your teeth, you can schedule an appointment at our office by calling 323.266.2120.