If you have a tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks for several days, then that may indicate that you have a cavity. However, if you also have a toothache that ranges from mild to severe with tender or swollen gums, then you may have a deep cavity that could require a root canal.
Root canals are common procedures that our dentists at Modern Dentistry can perform.
Modern dental technology has improved many dental procedures, including root canals. Instead of needing drills and files to do them, our dentists in San Diego use lasers to complete root canals.
Dental lasers can cut through the enamel, bone, or soft tissues, so dentists don’t need to use drills, scalpels, or other tools that can cause discomfort. With some procedures, numbing agents may not be necessary because dental lasers don’t cause discomfort as drills or scalpels do.
One of the first things that our dentists do at Modern Dentistry during a root canal is to get rid of the decay in the tooth. This usually means cutting into the enamel and going as deep as the decay goes into the tooth. A dental laser can easily vaporize the enamel or soft tissues to remove tooth decay.
They also remove the pulp of the tooth during a root canal to remove the decay. The pulp contains small blood vessels and the canals with the roots of the tooth. Our dentists near you in San Diego also use the laser to sanitize and reshape the canals after removing the decay.
After reshaping the canals, the tooth gets filled with gutta-percha, and a temporary top gets placed on the tooth under the crown arrives. The dentist will also shape the tooth in anticipation of fitting the crown. Once the crown arrives, our dentists at Modern Dentistry will call you back in to fit the crown onto your tooth.
One of the dentists in San Diego will make sure the crown fits, then use dental cement to bond it to the tooth. They will use ultraviolet light to harden the cement and finish your root canal with aftercare instructions, and you will have a pain-free tooth once again.