Endodontics Specialist

Hatem, DDS

Dentist located in Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, CA

When a tooth decays and later becomes infected, it might be necessary to undergo endodontics, which are surgical procedures that can potentially save your teeth. Finding someone like Dr. Hatem Abdelhadi to provide endodontics in Los Alamitos, California has never been easier.

Endodontics Q & A

What are Endodontics?

Many people only hear about endodontics from others, and to hear it talked about, you would think these procedures were cruel and painful. The reality is that endodontics has improved tremendously in the last several years, and undergoing these procedures today is much simpler than it ever has been.

Technically speaking, endodontics is performed to save an infected or badly decayed tooth. This treatment will also prevent infections and abscesses from forming in the surrounding nerves and tissues.

Root canals are perhaps one of the most common endodontic procedures. During a root canal, the pulp and nerve of the affected area are removed, then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and resealed. If this procedure is not done, the tooth could become infected, leading to the formation of painful abscesses.

Is the Procedure Really Painful?

Despite many stories denouncing how painful endodontics can be, the process is very similar to having a filling put in, meaning that endodontics today are much more comfortable than they ever have been. In other words, these are not painful procedures.

When Do You Need Endodontics?

It might be difficult pinpointing when exactly you need to undergo endodontic treatment, but the following are just some of the potential warning signs.

  • Severe toothache when chewing or applying any pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Very noticeable darkening (almost blackening) of a tooth
  • Swelling and sensitivity in the gums

If you start to notice these lingering issues, you should at the very least see a dentist.

What to Expect After Endodontics?

You can expect sensitivity in the affected region for the first few days following an endodontic procedure, though usually, an over-the-counter medication such as Advil or Tylenol can help. Endodontics, however, should not interfere with any of your normal physical activities, so you can expect to be back on your feet right away. That being said, you will still have to watch what you eat until the feeling is back to normal. 

Accepted Insurance

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