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Root Canals Treatment

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Root Canals Treatment in Tracy, CA

When your tooth has been damaged from decay or trauma, it may be necessary to remove the infected portion of the tooth and clean out the tooth canal. If left untreated, the infection could lead to serious health issues such as tooth abscess, swelling, severe headaches, and severe tooth pain. A root canal treatment will help you save your natural tooth and help prevent the spread of infection.

Quick Facts About Root Canal Treatment

  • Therapy will help preserve the life of your teeth by removing the source of infection.
  • Treatment also helps prevent future oral health problems by sealing up any openings in the tooth.
  • Treatment is a quick and painless dental procedure that usually takes about 1 hour to complete.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

When bacteria enter the area around the roots of your teeth, it begins an infection process that eventually leads to the destruction of the nerve tissue, connective tissue, and blood vessels within the dental pulp chamber. Once this happens, our dentist will recommend performing a root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and seal off the opening so no more bacteria can get into the area.

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a minimally invasive dental procedure that involves the removal of pulp tissue (the innermost layer of the tooth) and cleaning out the tooth’s canals. This painless procedure is typically performed on molars, premolars, and the back part of the upper jaw called the maxilla.

When is a Root Canal Procedure Necessary?

If you are experiencing one or more symptoms below, you might need endodontic therapy.

You experience extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

Your gums are swollen or tender.

You feel pressure or severe pain when chewing or biting down.

You notice unusual changes in the color of your teeth.

If you are experiencing one or more symptoms below, you might need endodontic therapy.

Steps Involved in This Endodontic Procedure

The entire process of an endodontic procedure usually involves three steps and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more, depending on how many teeth need to be treated.

Cleaning and Preparing the Area

The first step of a root canal treatment is cleaning and preparing the area. We use special tools to gently remove debris and dead cells from the surface of the tooth. Then, we numb the area using local anesthesia and apply a protective sheet (a dental dam) over the tooth to protect the surrounding tissues during the next step.

Removing Infected Pulp

Once the area has been prepared, we remove the infected dental pulp material. To do this, we carefully drill tiny holes through the infected tooth to reach the nerve endings located deep within the tooth root. Once the diseased pulp is removed, we clean and disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals.

Sealing the Opening

We fill the space left behind with a special type of dental material. Then, we will place a temporary filling over the weakened tooth structure to keep it protected until the dental crown or permanent filling can be placed.

Contact us for a Root Canal Endodontic Treatment

We invite you to contact us today to learn more about what an endodontic treatment entails. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best endodontic care possible, and we want to ensure that you understand every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.