Good dental hygiene that includes brushing your teeth twice per day, rinsing, and flossing regularly can help you maintain your dental health. But tooth infection can happen to anyone, even those who follow good dental hygiene. Once an infection reaches the root of your tooth, it can cause you a lot of pain and result in losing your tooth. The solution in this case may be to visit your dentist at Smooth Dental an Orthodontics and have the condition treated with the safest and most effective root canal Santa Ana residents have available to them.


Preservation of your natural tooth is our first priority. When your dental pulp and teeth have failed to respond to non-surgical treatment, we recommend root canal treatment. The main purpose of a root canal treatment is to remove the diseased or infected pulp, disinfect the affected root canals, and prevent re-infection by filling in the root canal system. Endodontics or root canal is the area of dentistry focused on studying and treating the tooth’s pulp. It includes root canal or endodontic therapy, endodontic retreatment, treating dental trauma, treating cracked teeth, and surgery.

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At Smooth Dental Group, your treatment starts with a consultation with your dentist, who will explain the procedure. Based on your symptoms and a thorough check-up, your dentist will suggest an X-ray to look for signs of a tooth infection. If an abscess is found, your treatment will begin with local anesthesia to make you feel comfortable during the treatment. An access hole is drilled into the tooth to reach the infected pulp. The infection is cleaned, and the decayed nerve tissue and any debris are removed from the tooth. A solution is then used to clean the tooth. Depending on the depth of the infection and the state of your tooth, your dentist may delay sealing the tooth. Once the tooth is ready to be sealed, it is filled with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. Then a filling material is used to seal the access hole completely. Depending on the damage, your dentist may suggest a crown or other type of restoration to protect the tooth from further damage.

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Every sign and symptom does not necessarily mean that you need a root canal. Sometimes it might just be a cavity or a sensitive tooth that is causing you immense pain, but ignoring the below signs and symptoms may lead to complications if your tooth is infected. Visit us at Smooth Dental Group and let us help you determine if you can benefit from the best root canal Santa Ana has to offer.

If you see any of the symptoms below, visit your dentist:

  • Pain and Swelling: Most times, the pain caused by infection is centered at the region of the infected tooth’s root tip where it becomes tender. Pain is mostly accompanied by swelling as the gums around your tooth start to swell due to infection.
  • Persistent sensitivity: Though sensitivity is a common problem that many people face, it should not be ignored as it may be a sign of infection. If you experience sensitivity when in contact with a hot or cold substance and this spikes pain even if no longer in contact with your tooth, it might be a sign of an infection.
  • Toothache: The gums around your tooth will start to feel tender, and you will notice pain and tenderness when you apply pressure to your tooth while chewing.
  • Discoloration: When the infection affects your tooth and the pulp, your tooth becomes dark and discolored.
  • Abscessed tooth: An abscess is a pocket or bump that is filled with infected liquid. When the abscess reaches the root of the tooth, it can result in tooth loss.
  • Fever: An abscess or infection to the root of a tooth may or may not result in fever. Fever is a possible symptom but that changes from person to person.

Based on your symptoms, your dentist will determine whether you need root canal treatment or not. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call us at Smooth Dental Group, Santa Ana, California, and book an appointment with our expert dentists. Let us help you relieve the discomfort!