Inside of your teeth is a pulp chamber. It includes blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This chamber helps the roots of each tooth grow during development. An abscessed tooth is when the pulp in this chamber becomes infected. It is then necessary to remove the infection. This prevents losing the entire tooth and other painful consequences. Root canal therapy is the name of the procedure to remove the infection. Most people know the procedure as a root canal. It is a safe procedure, effective, and a quick means to preserve the appearance of your smile.
To learn more about root canals or any other general, preventive, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry service offered by our experienced dentists, please contact Promenade Dental Care today. If you need emergency dental help, you can schedule an appointment faster by calling our Temecula office at (951) 296-3011.
Symptoms you may experience that indicates a root canal is necessary:
- Throbbing toothache
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Continuous bad breath
- Swelling of neck lymph nodes
- Facial swelling
For any of these symptoms, you need to schedule a same day appointment. We can examine to determine if the root infection is present. We can make room for all emergency clients on the same day you call. Left untreated, root canal infections spread to the jaw and throughout the face. Tooth abscesses can result in tooth loss. They can also require advanced restorative services to save your smile.
THE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE
To start a root canal, Dr. Bao drills a small access hole. Through this hole, the infection is easily removed. After removed, the chamber is filled with gutta-percha. This is a rubber-like material. We use the same material to seal the access hole. Dr. Bao may also inject antibiotics into the tooth. This is typically not required for every root canal.
After the tooth is sealed, Dr. Bao uses a crown to protect it from further damage. The same day crowns offered at our Temecula office are colored to match your other teeth. Our digital scanner and special software create crowns to fit your smile perfectly.
Many people have reported bad experiences with a root canal. Dr. Bao has advanced training in root canal work. His root canals are no more uncomfortable than a traditional filling. Far from causing pain, root canal procedures relieve pain. If you get nervous about your dental procedure with Dr. Bao, let him know. He will be happy to discuss the various sedation dentistry treatments available.
If you suspect any kind of tooth problems, please call our office at (951) 296-3011. We will be happy to see you immediately. We welcome patients from Murrieta and all surrounding areas of Temecula.