Root canals often get a bad rap as many people assume they are painful, complicated. The truth is that the procedure can be done painlessly and effectively in one or two dental visits. Root canals are used to treat severely damaged or infected teeth that cannot be treated through other means. In many cases, the alternative to a root canal would be tooth extraction. At Shadowridge Dental Group in San Marcos, California, we work with experienced dental specialists, endodontists, who perform the root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is generally recommended for seriously decayed teeth, where the infection has reached the nerve of your tooth and beyond. The Endodontist will remove the dead and dying nerve tissue from inside the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading. The nerve canals inside the tooth will be cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a special material called gutta-percha to seal them. The tooth is then restored with a cap or crown to protect it from further damage.
There are numerous reasons to choose a root canal over tooth extraction to treat severely damaged teeth. Root canals can:
When given an option, it’s always better to save a natural tooth than have it replaced later down the line. Our team will recommend root canal treatment to avoid extraction if your tooth can be saved. With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can provide you with years, if not a lifetime, of quality use.
To schedule a consultation for a root canal procedure, contact Shadowridge Dental Group in San Marcos, CA, at (760) 284-8111. We make patient safety and comfort a priority at our practice and will do all we can to ensure you receive pain-free and effective root canal treatment.