Severe damage or infection to a natural tooth can leave patients with a painful condition or significant discomfort that leads them to the dentist’s chair for a resolution. Toothaches can happen to anyone, and getting a thorough evaluation with a professional to diagnose the problem and find the right solution is necessary as soon as possible. One way a dentist in South Pasadena, California, may save a natural tooth from permanent extraction is with endodontic therapy, often known as root canal treatment.
What is a root canal?
Root canal is the name of the procedure performed by an endodontic professional to remove the dental pulp, the mass of living tissue that resides in the inner canals of the tooth, and fills the area with certain dental materials to address the problem and maintain the natural tooth in place. Drs. Gin Goei and Sharon Gabriel of Huntington Dental Excellence will evaluate a patient and perform dental x-rays to decide if a patient needs endodontic therapy.
What are some signs and symptoms that may indicate a need for root canal therapy?
- Swelling and tenderness around a tooth
- Injury or trauma to a tooth
- Severe toothache
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Abscesses on the gums
- Infection that has developed inside of a tooth
- Large cavities that have reached the dental pulp inside the root canal
Can you save a natural tooth with endodontic therapy?
In most cases, root canal treatment is performed to save a natural tooth from requiring extraction. There is no alternative treatment when a patient decides not to move forward with root canal therapy outside of manually removing the adult tooth and speaking to a professional about restoring it with implants, bridges, or dentures.
Root Canal Video
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.