Endodontics (Root Canals) in Carmel Valley
Gentle root canal treatment provides a safe way to preserve your natural tooth and avoid a dental extraction. Today’s endodontic (root canal) techniques are efficient and comfortable. Modern root canal therapy is an excellent way to restore teeth affected by:
- Severe decay
- Painful abscesses
- Deep cracks or fractures
- Traumatic injuries
- Nerve death
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatments are the only type of restorative procedure that reaches into the nerve chamber of your tooth. If a cavity or crack extends into the pulp tissues, they become infected and can develop abscesses around the tip of the root.
A root canal doesn’t just fill the outermost layer of damaged enamel, it repairs and seals off the tooth from the inside. This essential step means the difference in inevitable tooth loss and preserving your tooth for years to come.
What to Expect
Getting a root canal is similar to other routine dental treatments. Your tooth will be thoroughly numbed, so the only thing you should feel is a little pressure. During the appointment, we’ll create an access point to remove the infected nerve, then clean out the hollow chamber inside of your tooth. From there, the open canals are sealed off to prevent reinfection. You’ll also need to have a crown placed to ensure that the non-vital tooth can withstand everyday use.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Endodontic therapy helps relieve the source of infection and pain, not cause additional discomfort. Today’s numbing mediations and technology ensure a comfortable experience for each of our root canal appointments. Aside from some mild pressure, you shouldn’t feel anything at all.
Looking for an Endodontist?
Torrey Hills Dental provides in-house general dentistry and endodontic therapy, eliminating the need for an extra referral in most cases. Contact our top San Diego dentists today to request an appointment.