Root Canal Therapy
At La Jolla Dental, we can help our patients save a tooth from extraction through a process called Root Canal Therapy. Though this treatment commonly causes a patient to groan, it is the most effective way to relieve pain, rid infection, and save the natural tooth structure. James Strother, DDS, can help, he can remove the contaminated material and restore your tooth to health.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a treatment performed when infection is found inside the root canal of the tooth. Infection in this space can be very painful, Dr. Strother relieves that pain by removing the infection.
How did the inside of my tooth become infected?Infection occurs when bacteria has found passage inside the tooth. This can occur due to a deep cavity from decay, cracks, fractures, or, some patients can have calcium deposits that become infected. There are many reasons, but somehow, passage was present for bacteria to find a space in and cause the pulp of your tooth to become contaminated and inflamed. Once the pulp becomes infected, infection can extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone, this is an abscess.
If the pulp of your tooth is infected it must be treated, it will not heal on its own. What many patients may be unaware of is that Infection, even in one tooth, can weaken your entire immune system. This is dangerous, and can be very painful.
Do I need a Root Canal?Dr. Strother can help you decide if a Root Canal is necessary. Using dental x-rays, he can see the condition of the pulp and help decide the best course of action. Contact our office for examination if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
|•||Small to severe tooth pain|
|•||Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food|
|•||An aching feeling in your gum area|
|•||A small pimple like bump on your gum|
|•||A darker appearance to your tooth|
What is the root canal treatment process?Dr. Strother performs a Root Canal by first getting to the source of the pain. He will enter the tooth and remove the inner portion of the canal, including the infected material. He removes the pulp, nerve tissue and blood vessels. These materials were needed when forming the tooth, but no longer are once your tooth is in place. Dr. Strother will then fill the space with a medicated rubber material. The infection is now cleared, but the natural tooth structure has been weakened. Depending on the placement of the tooth, and the amount of natural structure removed, Dr. Strother will most likely recommend a dental crown be placed to provide added durability to the tooth.
For more information on Endodontic Treatment or Root Canal Therapy, contact La Jolla Dental at our La Jolla, CA office. (858) 935-8589.