If you have a tooth that’s been so affected by decay that you’re facing an extraction, you may benefit from root canal therapy. Dr. Sattout offers state-of-the-art root canal treatment to save damaged teeth and prevent extractions.
When teeth are affected by extensive decay or trauma, a root canal can be successful at saving your natural tooth. During a root canal, the inner tissue of your tooth—sometimes referred to as the pulp—is carefully removed during a procedure that typically only requires local anesthesia.
Once the inner chamber of your tooth is cleaned and sealed with a biocompatible material, your tooth will typically receive a dental crown to protect it from further damage. Root canal therapy is a common procedure and useful for a variety of scenarios where the teeth would otherwise have to be extracted.
When Root Canal Treatment Is Necessary
Root canal treatment may be the best option if you have a tooth or teeth that are:
- Affected by extensive tooth decay
- Damaged from trauma such as an accident that has affected the nerve tissue of the tooth
- Discolored in nature—a gray or darker color—which is indicative of dead nerve tissue inside the tooth
- An infection inside the tooth that needs to be treated
The only way to know if root canal therapy is a viable option for your tooth or teeth is to schedule an appointment with a dentist who’s experienced in root canal procedures such as Dr. Sattout. Dr. Sattout will conduct an exam of your oral cavity, including taking x-rays, to determine if a root canal could benefit your smile.
Signs and Symptoms You May Need a Root Canal
It’s not always obvious when root canal therapy would be beneficial, which is why you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your professional dentist to learn more. However, you may benefit from root canal therapy if you:
- Have a toothache or severe tooth sensitivity
- You have a single discolored tooth
- Experience pain when you bite down or touch your tooth
- You have a tooth abscess, or swelling in the gum tissue near the affected tooth
- Have a tooth that’s experienced a chip or a crack in the past
Not everyone who has experienced trauma to their tooth will need a root canal. During your appointment, Dr. Sattout will review your individual smile with you to determine if root canal therapy would be an option for you based on your unique circumstances.
Learn More About Root Canal Therapy
If you’re having issues with your tooth including pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us at Laguna Pavilion Dental. We can assist you with determining if you need root canal therapy or another form of treatment to save your tooth. Call us today at (916) 520-4270!