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Root Canal

Murrieta Family Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Murrieta, CA

Root canals aren't fun, but there's no need to worry. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at Murrieta Family Dental Group in Murrieta, California. Led by Roya Levi, DDS, the team performs root canal procedures all the time. If you're nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. Murrieta Family Dental Group’s professional team is ready to soothe your worries.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

The goal of a root canal is to alleviate pain and save an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at Murrieta Family Dental Group removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. This allows them to protect your tooth and take away your pain.

How can the root of a tooth become infected?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

How can I recognize an infected tooth?

If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth rather immediately, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What's involved in a root canal?

One of the highly trained dental professionals at Murrieta Family Dental Group can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at Murrieta Family Dental Group uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. If needed, they set a dental dam, or a small film of rubber, on your tooth to keep it hygienic and shielded while the procedure is happening. After anesthesia is applied, the dentist forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

Then, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files and sprays the area with water to remove debris. After all diseased matter is gone, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call Murrieta Family Dental Group or schedule a consultation online.