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A root canal, is an essential procedure for addressing a tooth with a damaged or otherwise infected root. Advanced tooth decay is the most common cause of a tooth requiring a root canal. In the past root canals were sometimes misunderstood and often a bemoaned. Fortunately, modern dental technology has made them a painless and effective way to regain the full function of your compromised tooth.

Early symptoms of a tooth that might requires a root canal include, a large area of tooth decay, a large filling that has fallen out or pain in the tooth and surrounding gums. Left unresolved, the pain in the tooth might slowly go away, leaving the tooth numb, yet still damaged.

It is common for the dentist to take a series of X-rays to help determine the extent of the decay and the impact of infection on the root.

Your dentist will then remove damaged enamel to expose the infected pulp and root of the tooth. Once the infection has been removed, the root structure will be replaced with a rubbery material called gutta-percha.

The dentist will then create an abutment or post to anchor a crown. The crown effectively replaces the enamel of your tooth, offering you durability and restored function of the tooth.

The dentist will then make an impression of the area before fitting the abutment with a temporary crown. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where they make a permanent crown that matches the neighboring teeth and your personal bite pattern.

At a brief second procedure, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new permanent crown in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay please call us at 760.433.0393 to schedule an appointment.