Causes of Inflammation
There are many reasons for pulp inflammation. Bacteria that penetrates the pulp is one of the main causes. Severe bruxing or clenching can be a major component too. Traumatic injuries can result in pulp damage. Also, those with advanced stages of periodontal disease with bone loss may be more prone to pulp damage, inflammation or pulp death.
Why a Root Canal is Needed
A root canal is sometimes needed because there is significant tooth decay, deterioration of a filling or severe trauma to the tooth causing it to wear away. The root canal is opened and the inner pulp becomes exposed leading to pain and discomfort. When this occurs, bacteria can get into the pulp and nerves, which can lead to severe toothaches and tooth infection. In root canal therapy, our general dentist removes the pulp, nerves and other connective tissue and fills the root canals with gutta-percha.
The Root Canal Procedure
First, we take x-rays to determine the extent of the damage or the presence of an infection. A local anesthetic is applied, which numbs the area. Next, a rubber dam is placed around the tooth to keep the tooth dry during treatment. A hole is drilled into the tooth and the pulp, nerve and connective tissue is removed. The inside of the root canals is then thoroughly cleaned and flushing out with a solution. Once we are sure that the area is cleaned fully, we seal off the area to prevent bacteria from entering again. Once the tooth is sealed, a filling is placed for minor decay. For more severe situations, the rest of the tooth can be restored with a crown too. The procedure isn’t typically painful; however, pain can be felt if the tooth was badly infected beforehand.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Preventive Dentist Today
If you need a general dentist to treat your tooth pain with a root canal, call to schedule an appointment with a California dentist today. At Hilltop Dental, our experienced dental staff will do a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth and gums and will recommend any care that is needed such as root canal therapy. We have the most modern diagnostic and treatment techniques available for our patients. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, and surrounding areas. Check out our web page at hilltopdentalcare.com or give us a call at 818-303-2241 and allow us to plan your dental health today.