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Root Canal Therapy in Long Beach, CA

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About Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a dental procedure that surgically removes an infection from the soft tissue of a tooth. When the inner tissue or pulp of the tooth becomes infected, the tooth begins to die. If left untreated, the infection will continue to grow and may spread to the gums or result in a tooth extraction. Once the infected pulp is removed, our dentists will be able to fill the tooth's center with a filling or place a crown over the tooth to help prevent future infection. If patients are experiencing excruciating pain from a toothache, they may be in need of a root canal. Call our dentists at Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA to schedule a full dental exam today. 

What to Expect

Before the root canal begins, our dentists will numb the teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, our dentists will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, our dentists will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.

Treatment Aftercare

After the root canal treatment, the lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patient will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If patients feel any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, patients will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to the office. Our dentists will then place the crown and check the fit. Patients should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year or as recommended by our office.

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Stop Dental Infections

If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have the dentist look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.

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