Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth becomes infected, often due to a deep cavity or an existing filling that has cracked and broken apart. This infection spreads to the tooth's nerve, resulting in severe pain when chewing. In some cases, a patient may have no noticeable symptoms at all. However, the infection continues to spread without treatment and can ultimately result in tooth loss.
During a root canal procedure at Carlston Dental Group, the interior pulp tissue of the tooth is removed, and the empty chamber inside the roots is cleaned out thoroughly. This step treats the infection and prevents it from recurring in the future. Then, the teeth are sealed to avoid any further bacterial invasion. A crown is often recommended to restore the appearance and function of the tooth.
What Causes the Need for Root Canal Therapy?
Tooth decay is a common cause of infection that can lead to discomfort and the need for endodontic treatment. The early stages of the disease are usually characterized by tenderness or pain when biting down. This sensitivity can progress to throbbing pain in the affected region. Sometimes the pain can be more severe when pressure is applied to the gum area. It is essential to get treatment for an infected tooth immediately to avoid complications like abscess formation and to spread of infection throughout the mouth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Consult a dental professional who checks your mouth and teeth for signs of damage, decay, or damage. Dental x-rays may be taken to help evaluate tooth health and determine if there are any areas of infection or abscessed roots. Your dentist will also ask about your medical history to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications from treatment.
To begin the procedure, the dentist will drill into the pulp of the affected tooth to remove damaged tissue and nerves. The cavity is then cleaned and filled to prevent future issues and promote healing. A dental crown may also be placed over the tooth to strengthen its structure and restore full function.
Once your root canal is complete, you can look forward to returning to your regular oral health routine without pain. In addition to enjoying a healthier smile, you can expect improved overall wellness as the health and strength of your tooth are restored. You’ll also eliminate the damaging effects of an untreated infected tooth on your oral health and overall well-being.
Patients nervous about undergoing root canal therapy generally feel much better once the procedure is completed and they are no longer in pain. Visit Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 to learn more about root canal therapy and how it can help restore your smile.