When the nerve of the tooth is affected by excessive decay or infection, root canal therapy may be needed. In order to preserve the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay must all be removed. The space is then filled with medicated dental materials which will treat the tooth and restore it to its fullest function. The following symptoms should be considered for a possible root canal: an abscess on the gums; sensitivity to hot, cold or pressure; severe toothache pain; swelling or tenderness in the cheek or gums; or a tooth turning grey in color.
A root canal is a beneficial choice when saving a tooth that has decayed near the root and caused an infection. This treatment is highly successful and may last a lifetime.
If you have questions about root canals, please contact our office at 925.449.7900 or click here to schedule an appointment.