Root Canal Treatment

When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, abscessed or dies, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. It is generally comfortable treatment that can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy.

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Symptoms of Infection – Root Canal

You may realize that you have an infected tooth when:

  • The tooth is sensitive to hot or cold.
  • The tooth hurts with biting or pressure.
  • There is throbbing, severe tooth pain.
  • The area is swollen.
  • You have a bad taste in your mouth.

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Causes of Infection

The pulp becomes infected and an abscess occurs when bacteria invade the inner layers of the tooth, exposing the nerve. The tooth pulp is a soft tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber that extends from the middle of the tooth down through the tooth roots. Infection and abscesses occurs most commonly through a deep cavity that allows bacteria through the enamel and dentin layers and
into the pulp. Sometimes the pulp simply dies due to a fracture or a blow to the tooth.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To determine if your tooth has an infected pulp, we do a thorough examination. The exam often includes xrays and sometimes includes checking the health of the pulp with a pulp tester. We may also apply heat or cold, tap lightly on the tooth to see if it is sensitive, look for changes in the tooth’s color, or press gently on the gums next to the tooth to check for pain. If we determine that you have an infected tooth, we talk with you about root canal therapy to remove the infection .

What is Pulpitis?

Any time the pulp of a tooth has been injured or irritated, there is a possibility that it may become swollen and painful. This inflammation is called pulpitis. Treating the condition will relieve discomfort and restore the health of your mouth.

Symptoms of Pulpitis

You may realize that you have an inflamed tooth when:

  • The tooth is sensitive to hot, cold, or pressure.
  • The tooth hurts with biting.
  • There is throbbing tooth pain.
  • The area is swollen.
  • The tooth is loose.
  • You have a bad taste in your mouth.

You may also be unaware of the problem because there are no symptoms at all.

Alternatives to Root Canal Therapy

Once the inner pulp layer of a tooth has become infected or abscessed, your choices are imited. You could choose to:

  • Extract the tooth or delay treatment.
  • Save the tooth with root canal therapy.

Delaying Treatment

If you choose to delay treatment, you should know that an infected tooth will never heal on its own. As the infection spreads down the tooth and into your jawbone, the pain may become excruciating. The infection also can become more widespread and potentially threaten your life.

Choosing Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp of the tooth has been infected, root canal therapy is the best choice for removing infection, saving your tooth, and keeping your mouth and smile healthy.

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Many of our patients in Diamond Bar, opt for early wisdom teeth removal in order to prevent future dental issues. In the long run, wisdom tooth extraction is usually more cost-effective and convenient to your oral health.

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