The goal of root canal therapy
When a tooth has been damaged, infected, or abscessed, there is only one treatment that may be used to save the natural tooth from extraction: root canal therapy. Dr. Brian Gradinger of Valencia, California, is an experienced provider who can perform this treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, for those who need to address an issue and want to maintain their natural adult tooth.
What to expect from root canal therapy
Inside of a tooth is one or more canals that are filled with dental pulp, a mass of tissues that include the blood supply and nerves. When impacted, patients often experience a severe toothache which brings them to see our dentist. If a patient benefits from root canal therapy, they will be appropriately sedated and anesthetized for the procedure. Then, an access point is made to get into the tooth to remove the dental pulp and seal the tooth. When performed by a trained and experienced professional, root canal treatment is highly successful and will typically allow the tooth to remain for a lifetime.
What is the relationship between root canals and crowns?
The removal of dental pulp from the inside of the tooth can leave a tooth weak and brittle with time. To combat this and ensure the tooth is protected and strengthened, patients undergoing endodontic treatment may need to have a dental crown placed over the treated tooth. That offers an extra layer of strength to reduce the risk of the natural tooth structure breaking more and requiring permanent extraction.
What signs might I notice if I need root canal therapy?
There are several symptoms that may arise to indicate that root canal therapy may be necessary:
- Swelling and tenderness around the affected tooth
- Severe toothache/pain
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold sensations
- Pimples or abscesses on the gums
In some instances, patients may not even experience any symptoms. That is why routine visits and evaluations are so critical to maintaining oral health and wellness.
Call for more information today!
Dr. Brian Gradinger is pleased to offer root canal therapy for those who need it to save a tooth from extraction. Call (661) 450-6650 to request a visit at the office, located in Valencia, CA, at 23838 Valencia Boulevard, Ste. #301. The practice is open to new families and patients in the area who are seeking general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry with an experienced, friendly provider in the community.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.