When the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay, infection, or injury, root canal therapy may be required to restore the tooth. The tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, so pain can be expected. No symptoms may be present in the initial stages; however, in the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess may form. Dr. Richard G. Goble can treat this problem with select endodontics in Fallbrook, California.
When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: pull the affected tooth or save the tooth through root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth and will not cause any future problems with adjacent teeth.
Root canal procedures usually require more than one visit to a dentist or an endodontist (a root canal specialist). Using special instruments, the dentist or endodontist will remove pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and decay. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the roots and the inner cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with medicated dental materials. The tooth will then be sealed with a filling, and then a crown (cap). This will protect the tooth, prevent further breakage, and restore full functionality. Please call our office to learn more about how root canal therapy can save your exceptional smile.