Root Canal Therapy in Rancho Bernardo
What is Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or an infected root canal. To save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having the procedure done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth with problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
The treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although, on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
Root canal symptoms:
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
- Infections or abscesses have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does root canal therapy involve?
The root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist.
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a rubber sheet) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth, and a series of files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
How long does a root canal take
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
At Hekmat Dental, we are specialist in root canal and you will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your treatment.
If you’re seeking expert root canal therapy in Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Poway, or Carmel Mountain, your search ends here at Hekmat Dental Care. Trust Dr. Hekmat for exceptional dental care tailored to your unique needs.
For any inquiries or concerns regarding root canal therapy, Hekmat Dental Care is available to provide detailed information and expert care. Feel free to contact us in our Rancho Bernardo office at (858) 485-5925 to discuss your specific needs.