When the inner layer, or pulp, inside a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to remove the infected tissue. Infected tooth pulp can be painful and can eventually spread to the jaw and cause damage to surrounding bone. To learn more about getting a root canal in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. David Goldberg today!
How does a root canal work?
Dr. Goldberg uses a local anesthesia to numb the area before the procedure begins. Then, a small opening on top of the tooth is created to allow access to the infected tooth pulp. A tiny file is used to remove the pulp and shape the root canals that will receive filling material. Throughout the procedure, x-rays will be taken to ensure all the pulp has been cleared out and the filling material reaches to the ends of the roots.
After the infected tooth pulp has been cleaned out, the tooth can be restored. In most cases, a crown is used to restore the strength and functionality of the tooth. However, if damage is severe and the tooth structure has suffered significant loss, the tooth may need to be built up with a post and core.
Why is it necessary?
Tooth pulp can become infected as a result of cavities or fractures in the tooth. When this happens, the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria which cause infection. An untreated infection can spread from the roots to the jaw bone and cause an abscess which damages surrounding bone. The resulting pressure can cause severe pain and will only become worse as time goes on.
Symptoms of infected tooth pulp can vary between patients. In some cases, the area may become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. In other cases, the area may become swollen and painful or leave a bad taste in the mouth. Some patients may experience no symptoms at all.
A severely infected tooth left untreated can seriously compromise one’s overall health. To learn more about getting a root canal in Valencia, CA, contact Dr. Goldberg and schedule your consultation today!