Sometimes tooth decay can affect the interior of a tooth, causing damage to the pulpy interior that protects its blood vessels and nerves. This can lead to pain and sensitivity. You can count on the experienced dentists at both the San Leandro and Castro Valley, California offices of Creative Dimensions in Dentistry to provide thorough root canal treatments to restore your teeth and protect your smile. Call or book an appointment online today.
A root canal removes decay and damaged tissue from the interior of a tooth. This treatment is often used to restore and save a severely decayed or damaged tooth that would otherwise be extracted or lead to serious complications. Whenever possible, the dentists at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry complete root canal treatment in one visit, although you may need additional visits if your condition is severe and for your dentist to follow up on the health of the treated tooth and the rest of your teeth.
Tooth pain and sensitivity are the most common indicators that you might need a root canal. Your tooth may also be discolored or sore to touch. You may also notice gum irritation or swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw.
It is also important to note that you might not display any symptoms at all. Like many dental and medical conditions, the interior tooth decay and damage that can lead to a root canal may not cause any symptoms in its early stages.
That’s why it’s critical to have regular dental checkups and X-rays. Your dentist monitors your teeth and uses X-rays to monitor the insides of your teeth so that he can assess any changes or issues and treat them early.
A root canal is similar to the process of treating a normal surface cavity. Your dentist first applies local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding area. If you are nervous or anxious about the procedure, the dentists at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry are experienced in sedation dentistry and can help you to relax during the treatment.
Once you are comfortable and numb, your dentist begins to remove the decayed tissue from the pulpy interior of your tooth. Once the damaged tissue is removed, your dentist thoroughly cleans your tooth, ensuring that all debris is cleared. Then your tooth is medicated and filled with a biocompatible rubber-like material and sealed. Once your filling is complete and your tooth is sealed, your tooth is fitted with a crown to provide additional support and strength.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain and sensitivity, call or make an appointment online today.