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By Dr. David M. Gordon
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Tooth aches, bleeding gums and other symptoms can be signs of various oral health problems. Some of these symptoms can be signs you root canalsmay need a root canal. If you develop any of the symptoms associated with needing a root canal, it is important to see a dentist right away for treatment. Undergoing root canal treatment can preserve the problem tooth and prevent the problem from spreading. Dr. David Gordon is your Vallejo, CA, dentist for root canals and other dental procedures.

Root Canal Signs & Treatment

Root canals are needed when a tooth has extensive decay or has been damaged due to injury. In either situation, the soft pulp material inside the tooth becomes infected, which can result in the formation of an abscess below the tooth’s root. Left untreated, an abscess can cause the infection to spread to other areas. There are some signs an abscess has developed and a root canal might be needed. Your Vallejo dentist can tell you if a root canal is needed in your situation. Signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Ongoing pressure or pain in the mouth
  • A severe toothache or other serious pain in the mouth area
  • Sharp pain when biting down, chewing or eating
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages

Root canal treatment can preserve a damaged or decaying tooth so extraction can be avoided. The procedure for a root canal is similar to filling a cavity. The infected material inside the tooth is removed and the area is cleaned out. Once the interior of the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, it is filled in much like a cavity. Filling in the tooth prevents the are from becoming infected again and strengthens the tooth so that it can return to performing normal biting and chewing functions.

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canal treatment provides several benefits. For instance, during the root canal procedure, the infected area is removed so it cannot spread or get worse. Additional benefits of root canal treatment include:

  • Preservation of the natural tooth
  • No need for extraction
  • Removing infection and decay
  • Eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by damage or decay
  • Strengthening damaged or weakened teeth
  • Restoration of normal biting and chewing functions
  • Providing protection for surrounding teeth by reducing strain on them
  • Simple procedure comparable to having a cavity filled

There are various signs you may need a root canal. When you notice these signs, see a dentist immediately. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is the infected tooth can be preserved through root canal treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon, your Vallejo, CA, dentist, call the office at (707) 557-2200.

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