Carmel Valley Root Canals

Restore Infected Teeth

Root Canals

An infected tooth doesn’t just cause a painful toothache. It can lead to further complications, and even cause your tooth to die and fall out of your mouth completely. The best way to restore your smile and your bite is to see Dr. Lindsay Bancroft for root canal therapy in Carmel Valley. Learn more below, or contact Carmel Valley Dental now for a consultation.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Understanding The Basics

Root canal therapy, or a “root canal” as the treatment is commonly known, is a treatment that’s used to restore an infected tooth. Tooth infections happen when the blood vessel and nerve-filled “pulp” inside your tooth is exposed to oral bacteria and becomes infected.

The pulp is what keeps your tooth alive, so this eventually results in the death of your tooth. Tooth infections commonly occur when a cavity is very deep and destroys the outer layers of enamel and dentin that protect the pulp. They can also occur if the outer layers of the tooth are cracked or broken by an oral injury.

To prevent your tooth from dying, a root canal is used. This treatment involves creating a small hole in the tooth, and using dental tools to extract the infected pulp. Then, the tooth is sanitized and filled with an inert material to strengthen it from the inside, and it’s capped with a dental crown. This eliminates the infection and restores your smile.

Do I Need

A Root Canal?

If your tooth is infected, a root canal is the only way to remove the decayed and infected pulp from the inside of your tooth, and to restore your smile. There are a few signs that may indicate the presence of a tooth infection.

The most common symptom is a painful, throbbing toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer without getting better, or that continues to get worse and cause more pain and discomfort. This is almost always a sign of a very deep cavity or an infected tooth, so you should get help right away.

In addition, you may notice that your tooth feels very sensitive or sore when you consume hot or cold foods and drinks, or that it hurts when you chew hard foods. The gum tissue around your tooth may be discolored, or the tooth may look discolored and grayish in some cases.

If you notice one or more of these issues, you should get help from Dr. Lindsay Bancroft and the team at Carmel Valley Dental right away. Your toothache and other symptoms will only get worse without proper treatment, and you may even lose your tooth if you don’t get a root canal.

The Benefits Of

Root Canal Therapy

The most obvious benefit of a root canal is that you can get rid of the pain and discomfort of your toothache, and get back to your day-to-day life without the debilitating pain of an infected tooth.

In addition, you’ll save your tooth. Without root canal therapy, an infected tooth will eventually fall out and die, requiring replacement with a dental bridge, partial denture, or dental implant.

These procedures are all more lengthy and complex than root canal therapy, and are more expensive, too, so getting a root canal also helps you save money.

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