Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is used to repair or save a tooth that has been deeply infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. During this procedure, your dentist in Oakland, CA will remove the pulp and nerves of the tooth in order to clean the infected area completely. Since a tooth’s pulp and nerve are not important to its health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums, we are able to completely remove them. Avoiding a necessary root canal treatment will cause bacteria to build up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The result is painful swelling and eventual tooth loss.
When should I seek root canal therapy?
- If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain while chewing
- If your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- If your teeth are highly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures with lingering sensitivity
- If your teeth are discolored or darkened
- If you experience swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What should I expect during this procedure?
Root canal therapy requires the area to be numbed with a local anesthesia in order to avoid any unnecessary pain and discomfort. Once the patient is numb, an opening will be made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Then, the pulp is removed and the exposed root canal is thoroughly cleaned. Depending if you will be treated in one or two visits, your Oakland dentist will then place a temporary filling or the permanent filling to protect the tooth. If you receive a temporary filling, your permanent filling and crown will be placed during your second appointment.
Root canal therapy has a high success rate for saving teeth to last a lifetime. The crown or filling placed at the completion of the procedures makes it hard to even notice that a root canal treatment was performed.