Providing Healing with Root Canal Therapy
The words ‘root canal’ may sound alarming, but when a tooth is in pain, this procedure is your tooth’s best hope. Apple Dental of San Diego has helped countless San Diegans find relief from tooth pain with their expert skill and gentle technique.
We are passionate about providing San Diego families a place of comfort and safety, helping patients of all ages protect their beautiful, natural smiles. If you or a loved one is experiencing a toothache, call us today and let us bring relief to your pain.
Root Canals: Safe, Effective, Remarkably Gentle
Though root canals (also called endodontic treatment) have been feared in the past, today’s modern practices make this procedure safer and more comfortable than ever before. Apple Dental of San Diego uses the gentlest and most effective modern dental practices to save and restore the tooth.
A local anesthetic numbs the area, maximizing comfort during the procedure. We then remove the tooth decay using the most precise and effective methods. Every effort is made to preserve the tooth, and the success rate of modern root canal therapy is remarkably high. You can be confident in the quality of the work, knowing it will protect your smile for years to come.
What is Root Canal Therapy, and Why Do I Need It?
When a toothache develops, it often indicates that the tooth’s inner tissue, a collection of nerves and blood vessels called the pulp, has become infected (usually due to damage or an untreated cavity). Pain signals that urgent treatment is needed to save the tooth.
During a root canal, the area is numbed and the dentist removes all decay from the tooth, including the infected tissue. The dentist then fills the root space with a material that reinforces the root and allows it to heal without risk of reinfection. Afterward, the empty space receives a filling, and if necessary, a crown is used to cover the tooth and protect against infection or fracturing.
If a root infection is left untreated, it often causes the tooth to die, warranting an extraction. It is even possible for the infection to spread, creating dangerous complications.
When Should I See the Dentist?
Typically, the first warning sign is pain, but other signs may also indicate a dental exam is needed. Contact the dentist if you experience these symptoms:
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Tenderness when touched or chewing
It is possible for someone not to display symptoms, making routine dental visits even more important.
Quality Care for the Whole Family
Apple Dental of San Diego knows how stressful a toothache can be for patients and their families. We work with you to be sure you have a full understanding at every step, and that you feel safe and cared for. Let us help you find relief from your pain. Call our office today.