The worst thing when you have an awful toothache is the need to wait for few days until a dentist can see you. Fortunately, here in Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra, we can see you the very same day. In this situation, the dilemma is whether to save or extract the tooth. The treatment of choice is to save the tooth with root canal treatment. It is designed to stop the pain and save a tooth that otherwise would be removed.
Needless to say, root canal therapy has a terrible reputation as a torturous procedure, but actually this is a complete myth! In reality, the patient is completely numbed beforehand and feel practically nothing while in the chair. The pain that most people associate with this treatment actually stems from the dental infections affecting the pulp and the nerve inside the living tissue of the tooth. The infection can be delivered through a decay or crack of the tooth. Once the tooth is numb, the infection is removed, then the tooth is cleaned, sanitized, and the canal is filled. In a separate appointment, a porcelain crown is placed to seal and protect the tooth for breaking.