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A root canal infection occurs when a tooth gets so badly decayed that the pulp in the root canal cavity gets infected. This can cause several complications such as the spread of the infection to the gums, deterioration of the tip of the roots, tooth loss, etc.
A root canal therapy is widely considered as the last resort procedure to save a badly infected tooth from being extracted. Our dental team has performed numerous root canal therapies for patients over the years with great efficiency, and this has made our dental practice one of the most preferred places for a root canal in Walnut Creek, CA.
Some of the common causes of a root canal infection are as follows:
The symptoms include:
The procedure starts with a thorough screening of the teeth and the surrounding gums to determine the extent of infection. The teeth will be cleaned to get rid of the microbes before starting the surgery. Local anesthesia will be administered to prevent pain and discomfort.
A small hole will be made on the tooth to gain access to the root canal cavity. The infected pulp will be removed using dental files and the walls of the cavity will be scrubbed to remove the adhered microbes. The debris will be rinsed away using a jet of water and a small amount of antibiotic will be placed in the tooth to avoid further infections. Usually, a restoration, such as a crown, will be placed on the tooth to hold it intact and prevent it from crumbling.
Post-treatment, consumption of very hot, cold or spicy foods should be avoided as it could cause irritation near the treated tooth. Maintaining optimum oral hygiene is essential to prevent any re-infection in the future.
Call us at (925) 933-0677 or schedule an online appointment to learn more about root canal therapy.