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Endodontics deals with the roots of the teeth. The most common endodontic therapy is a root canal, which involves removing infected pulp and then filling the tooth. Dental pulp is the soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy can save the tooth; without a root canal, the infection will spread and eventually the tooth will fall out, requiring more costly dental implants or bridges to repair your bite. After a root canal, the tooth is dead because the nerve tissue and infection have been removed, and the pain is gone. A filling or crown may be added to protect the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
Historically, root canals have gotten a bad rap, but the good news is that advances in dental technology have made it much less painful and "scary," with more than a 95% success rate.
When a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, severely decayed or injured, or a nerve is damaged, you may need a root canal. Symptoms of infection include:
- Painful chewing
- Heat/cold sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum swelling, tenderness
- Or no symptoms; only a dental exam will discover it
Left untreated, a root canal infection can cause swelling in the face or neck, tooth loss, and infection draining into the gums, cheek or skin. The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or partial denture – far more expensive and time-consuming than a root canal.
Rancho Dental Studio is dedicated to providing exceptional endodontic and root canal therapy, offering the latest in dental technology and highly experienced and qualified doctors to provide you with a comfortable and positive experience.