Root Canal in Yorba Linda
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. And while they cannot heal themselves like other body tissues following an injury, they can be successfully treated using modern dental techniques and materials. Traditionally, diseased or injured teeth - where the infection reached the center of the tooth (tooth pulp) - could only be pulled out to manage the pain and infection. Today, such teeth can be successfully saved through root canal treatment.
At Knoll Family Dentistry, we provide endodontic treatment to treat injuries or diseases affecting the dental pulp so you can save your natural tooth.
Infected or inflamed pulp must be treated
The pulp refers to the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, treatment is needed. Pulp infection and inflammation typically occur if you have:
- a cracked or chipped tooth
- a deep cavity or filling
- other serious injury to the tooth
These situations allow bacteria to reach the pulp, resulting in inflammation and/or infection. If left untreated, it can spread from the pulp to the tissues surrounding the tooth root, causing pain and swelling. The bacteria can also damage the jawbone. Without root canal therapy, the infection and damage will continue to spread, eventually causing you to lose the tooth.
Restore your Tooth in Only One Visit
Root canal treatment uses minimally invasive techniques to remove the infected pulp while preserving as much of the tooth and surrounding tissues as possible. When you arrive for your root canal treatment, the dentist will gently numb your teeth gums so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Next, the infected pulp is completely removed using state-of-the-art dental equipment. Any debris left in the canal is flushed-out using a special solution. The dentist then inserts topical antibiotics in the canal to get rid of any remaining infection, and then seals the canal with a rubber compound (gutta-percha). Though the cavity has been filled, the tooth structure has been weakened. So a crown is placed over the restoration to both strengthen and protect the tooth from further injury. The crowns are fabricated from tooth-colored material to ensure your smile looks natural.
Am I a candidate for root canal therapy?
Most cases of pulp infections can be treated with root canal therapy as the only alternative to tooth extraction. If you have any concerns about your case or would like to learn more about endodontic treatment, please contact Knoll Family Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA.