ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Encore Family Dentistry recommends regular cleanings and checkups to prevent and detect problems early. One of the dangers of neglecting a cavity is that it can reach all the way to the pulp inside the tooth, making a root canal treatment necessary.
This treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is also called for when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth damage the nerve so badly that the pulp becomes infected. This infection can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected, the tooth must have root canal treatment. It cannot heal on its own, and this infection can even weaken a person’s entire immune system. This condition is dangerous and very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold or sweetness, pain in the location, pain when with biting and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, symptoms do not become apparent and the patient doesn’t know there’s a problem until it is detected during his or her regular checkup. Once the tooth pulp is infected, the only treatment other than a root canal is to extract the tooth, which we always try to avoid.
In a root canal procedure, the doctor cleans out the infected tooth pulp and disinfects the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a tooth that has had root canal therapy requires core build-up and a crown.
Encore Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing you and your family the most comprehensive & convenient dental care you deserve. Dr. Castiblanco and their expert team are committed to helping you achieve the best oral health for a lifetime.