Southern California Family Dentistry - Dental Treament

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is pivotal in preserving millions of teeth annually. It becomes necessary when a tooth's nerve is impacted by decay or infection. The procedure involves removing the pulp, the living tissue inside the tooth, to save it from further damage. Once removed, the space is filled with specialized medicated dental materials to restore the tooth's full functionality.

What are signs for potential root canal therapy?

  • A pimple on the gums
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Throbbing toothaches
  • Swelling

What is the root canal therapy process like?

Once the tooth is numbed, a rubber dam is positioned around it to maintain a dry, saliva-free environment. Subsequently, the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria are extracted. To seal the tooth, a permanent filling is then applied. In cases requiring additional appointments, a temporary filling might be used instead.

Usually, an additional appointment is required, usually scheduled about a week after the initial meeting. In this subsequent session, the tooth's roots and internal cavity are filled and sealed using specialized dental materials. Finally, a filling is placed to cover the opening on the top of the tooth, followed by the placement of a crown over the tooth.


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