Root Canal Therapy

Treat Severe Tooth Infection

Root CanalWithin the body of your tooth and its roots – the lowermost channels of your tooth – resides dental pulp, blood vessels, and nerves. When the dental pulp becomes compromised either due to damage or infection, the health of your tooth is at stake. Fortunately, we offer root canal treatment to address the problem, since your pulp cannot heal by itself. If you suffer from a sudden toothache, discomfort, or other uncomfortable concerns, schedule a visit with us at Dental Associates of Riverside.

Root Canal Treatment

Your dental pulp may become damaged as the result of trauma or a deep cavity. Even the smallest opening in your tooth may provide an access point for bacteria to enter, which may lead to the infection of your pulp. Whatever the underlying cause, we must remove the pulp to save your tooth from an extraction. The treatment typically involves:

  • We will always begin by numbing the affected tooth as well as the tissues surrounding it
  • Your dentist will create a small opening in your tooth, which provides access to its internal area
  • To complete the root canal, we will then remove the pulp and clean out the interior portion of your tooth and its roots
  • We will seal your tooth’s roots with gutta percha, preventing bacteria from re-entering
  • A dental filling will restore your tooth’s structure
  • We will likely place a beautiful dental crown over your tooth for further protection and to restores its function and appearance

The Benefits of Root Canals

In some cases, waiting to schedule restorative treatments may not yield immediate negative side effects. However, once you require a root canal treatment – particularly if you suffer from an infection – urgency is essential. Once infected, your tooth may die and require an extraction or the infection may spread to your other teeth and your gum tissue. A root canal may allow you to retain your tooth, so you will not require a costly replacement, and may protect the rest of your smile from the need for additional restorative care.