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Root Canal La Jolla

 

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Bird Rock Dental Root Canal Therapy Procedure

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swellingand/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist La Jolla or endodontist (a root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits with your La Jolla dentist will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

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★★★★★ I have been going to Bird Rock Dental ever since moving to San Diego in 1976, first seeing Dr. Kent and now, after his retirement, Dr. Murray. Cathy has cleaned my teeth for years and she's great! In fact, everyone at Bird Rock Dental is welcoming, warm, and helpful. I can't say enough good things about them. They all are excellent and I highly recommend !!!!
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★★★★★ I have been going to Bird Rock Dental since I moved to San Diego in 1987. I have always been extremely happy with the kind and competent care I have received.
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★★★★★ I have been going to Bird Rock Dental for over 25 years..I started out with Dr Burgess and since his retirement have seen Dr Murray..the dental care I have received has been excellent. Never any problems..kind and gentle..I currently have fillings and crowns that are 20 to 25 years old and are still perfect...I highly recommend this office...
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★★★★★ Dr. Murray is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and detailed. Everyone in our family sees him, and we are extremely happy to have found a dentist we trust. His staff are very friendly and work their magic to fit you in, even if he has a full schedule.
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