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Root Canal in Mission Viejo

Pain relief and improved oral health

A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth that is badly decayed and/or infected. Nerve and pulp, the soft area within the center of the tooth, can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. In reality, most patients report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to dental care is truly the painful period of time, not the root canal procedure itself.

Signs you may need a root canal:

What should you expect after a root canal?

The root canal procedure should relieve the pain you feel. Until your root canal procedure is completely finished – that is to say, the permanent filling is in place and/or the crown is placed, it is wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. This step will help avoid re-contamination of the interior of the tooth and also may prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth can be fully restored. For the first few days following completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.

As far as oral health care is concerned, brush and floss as you regularly would and see your dentist at normally scheduled intervals. The final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown, to cover and protect the tooth.

Why choose Mission Viejo Dental Associates for root canals

With our team at Mission Viejo Dental Associates, you can rest assured that our commitment to high-quality care puts your goals and comfort first. We treat you like family and always recommend the most appropriate care options like root canals when needed, to keep you smiling in the years to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

How to avoid root canals?
While root canals cannot be avoided once a tooth is damaged, you can help prevent them with regular dental check-ups and cleanings to catch issues early on. Adopt a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice daily and flossing to keep decay at bay.
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal typically takes about 60 to 90 minutes per tooth. However, the exact duration can vary depending on the complexity of the tooth's anatomy and any additional procedures needed. Our skilled dental team is committed to ensuring your comfort and providing efficient care throughout the process.