If you feel excruciating, unrelenting tooth pain, your tooth’s inner pulp is likely infected. You need to see an endodontist in Manteca, CA—and the sooner, the better.
The word “endodontics” references the material inside the tooth, such as pulp, nerves, tissues, and arterioles. When bacteria attack any of these materials, painful infection sets in.
In the past, dentists simply removed infected teeth. However, today’s dental advances allow your endodontist to only extract the infected pulp and dying nerves. This process is called root canal therapy, or RCT.
When to Seek Root Canal Treatment from Your Manteca, CA Endodontist
Although some patients fear root canal therapy, the procedure itself relieves the pain of an infected root. Make an appointment if you notice:
- Tender, inflamed gums
- Tooth sensitivity (especially to hot and cold substances)
- Throbbing pain in teeth and gums
- Tenderness or pain when chewing
- Discolored teeth
- Pain in lymph nodes and/or sinuses
Most of these problems occur when bacteria enter teeth through small cracks in the enamel, or through chips and fractures caused by tooth and mouth injuries. If a mouth injury dislodges or knocks out a tooth, your endodontist may perform RCT and insert a crown to protect the tooth.
What to Expect from Your Procedure
When you arrive for root canal treatment at Valley Oak Dental Group, we first take X-rays and locate the infected tooth. After we apply an anesthetic, we create an opening in the tooth and remove the infected pulp and damaged nerves.
Next, our endodontist inserts a rubber-like compound to fill the tooth and stabilize it. Finally, your endodontist applies cement and a temporary filling. During subsequent visits to our office, you can expect a permanent crown on your tooth.
Complete RCT treatment can take between one and three appointments.
Don’t suffer with endodontic pain—call Valley Oak Dental Group at 209.823.9341 and find relief today.