Although root canal therapy is the most commonly performed endodontic procedure, some people may still feel a bit apprehensive about seeking treatment for their diseased tooth. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the worse the infection can become and the greater the risk of losing the tooth altogether. To help raise awareness of the dangers of neglecting serious dental treatment, your Corona dentists explain the reasons for, and importance of, root canal therapy.
Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
In mild cases of tooth decay that only affect the enamel and dentin of a tooth, a dental filling will usually suffice to repair the damage and restore the tooth. When decay reaches far enough inward to reach the pulp, however, a root canal procedure is necessary to remove the infection and save the tooth. You may also need root canal treatment if trauma cracks or fractures your tooth far enough to expose the pulp to bacteria and food debris. Common symptoms that can indicate the need for treatment include:
- Severe pain when chewing or otherwise applying pressure.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures (discomfort remains after removal of hot or cold substances).
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums.
- Discoloration of the tooth.
How Does a Root Canal Help?
When the tooth’s pulp is damaged or exposed to infection, bacteria multiply within the pulp chamber. If the infection is not removed, it can lead to an abscessed tooth (a painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and the gums). An infected pulp and root canal can also lead to:
- Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, head, and neck.
- Loss of supporting bone structure.
- Further infection and possible tooth loss.
Visit your Corona Dentists for Root Canal Treatment
Are you overdue for a dental checkups? If you have a damaged or infected tooth, or you experience any of the dental symptoms listed above, call Dental Associates of Corona today at 951-273-9580 to schedule a consultation. We provide comprehensive dentistry services to patients of all ages.