Root Canal in Anaheim, CA
Save your teeth with root canal treatment at First Dental Care
Dr. Douglas Kim can provide you with fast and comfortable root canal treatment to preserve your natural tooth. Many patients are worried about feeling pain during the procedure, but Dr. Kim takes a gentle approach to dentistry to make sure that you are focused on your treatment and not the pain. Call our office at (714) 527-5656 or book an appointment online if you need root canal treatment in Anaheim.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to save and repair a badly decayed or infected tooth. If not treated properly, pain or tooth abscess may occur. The process includes removing the infected pulp within the root canal and cleaning the cavity. A root canal may require 1 or 2 office visits, depending on your treatment plan or presence of an infection. The procedure is painless with the help of local anesthesia. It’s probably more painful living with a decayed tooth than getting a root canal treatment. Alternatives to root canal include dental implants, bridges or removable partial dentures.
Do I need a root canal?
You might need a root canal therapy if you have the following signs or symptoms:
- An abscess on the gums
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Severe toothache
- Swelling and/or tenderness
What to expect during the procedure?
Your dentist will apply local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding area to avoid any pain or discomfort during the treatment. A small, protective sheet called a “dental dam” will be placed around the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and your dentist will remove the soft pulp and nerve. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed. A crown will also be placed on the tooth to protect it from breaking and restore all function.
Your tooth may be sensitive after the treatment, but this should subside. Over-the-counter pain medications can help. You should call our office if pain or pressure lasts more than a few days.
Caring for your tooth after a root canal
Since local anesthetic was used during the procedure, you will experience numbness after a few hours. You should avoid biting or chewing directly on the treated tooth until the anesthetic wears off. You could bite your cheek unknowingly. It’s completely normal to feel tenderness around the tooth or when opening and closing your jaw after the treatment. Take pain medication as needed. Be careful when brushing and flossing around the treated area. The tooth and surrounding gums still need proper care, so be thorough, but gentle.
About 4 years ago, I was involved in a minor accident that left permanent damage on my two front teeth. The trauma caused my nerve to die on my right tooth and as a result, my tooth turned PURPLE! Over the years, it got worse until I finally went to the dentist to have it checked out. I went to serveral places to have my teeth looked at before a good friend of mine refferred me to Dr. Kim and I can’t thank her enough! After taking a good look at my teeth, Dr Kim reccommended that I would have the best results if a root canal was preformed on both my two front teeth and to also have a porcelain crown placed over them. I was very nervous the day I came in for the procedure, but it went by almost pain free! Most people are afraid whenever they hear the words “root canal”, but Dr. Kim made sure to always ask if I was okay and the results truly speak for itself. His staff are also very helpful and really go out of their way to assist you in any way they can!
Dr. Kim saved me a bunch of money. My previous dentist I went to for a cleaning two weeks ago told me that I needed to get my filling redone on 3 molars and 1 root canal on a cracked tooth. Dr. Kim and his team told me my teeth were fine and that there’s no crack. He also said that my previous dentist didn’t even clean my teeth.
Dr. Kim and his staff are outstanding. They actually care about a patients oral hygiene and aren’t trying to make a quick buck off you.