Normally referred to simply as a root canal, root canal therapy is a form of endodontic treatment. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on studying and treating the dental pulp and tooth nerves. When tooth decay or damage reaches the inside of a tooth, infection often occurs. If left untreated, the tooth may die and need to be removed. Root canal therapy in Oceanside, California is done to save your tooth in order to preserve your healthy, beautiful smile.
Drs. Hargas and Linn may suggest root canal therapy if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain, especially when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A persistent abscess or pimple on the gums
- Swelling or tenderness of the mouth and gums
To perform root canal therapy, all the infected dental pulp must be removed. Under the direction and skill of our experienced dentists, local anesthesia will be used to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Once all damage and decay is removed, the inside of your tooth will be filled with a medicated material. Generally, a crown is then placed on top to protect the tooth from breaking. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, we encourage you to contact Oceanview Dental today to reserve time with our dental team!