How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
November 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Learn more about the long-term oral health benefits of getting a root canal.

It’s so much easier and certainly more economical to save a patient’s natural tooth then it is to extract it and then replace it. If you are dealing with a dental infection, severe decay, or trauma that has affected the health of your tooth, then our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist, Dr. Frank Skiba, may have told you that you need a root canal.

The goal of root canal therapy is to,

  • Remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp
  • Get rid of your toothache
  • Disinfect the inside of the tooth and remove bacteria
  • Prevent the spread of infection to neighboring teeth and jawbone
  • Preserve a natural tooth and prevent a tooth extraction

What are the warning signs that I might need root canal therapy?

Sometimes a person may have an infected or inflamed dental pulp and not even know it. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, every six months for checkups. After all, the absence of symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is healthy. Of course, you should also come into our office right away if you notice any of these telltale signs of damaged dental pulp:

  • A severe and persistent toothache
  • Dental pain that gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Sudden and prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Sudden darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Tender, swollen, and reddened gums surrounding the tooth
  • An abscess on the gums (a pimple-like growth or bump)

If you notice an abscess forming on the gums, this is a clear indicator that there is an infection. This is considered a dental emergency, so the sooner you come into our office, the better. It’s important not to ignore these warning signs and dental problems. Pain and other symptoms are trying to warn you that something is wrong—act quickly to get the care you need.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you are experiencing the symptoms of infected dental pulp, we can help. Call our Walnut Creek, CA, dental office right away at (925) 934-8149 for an immediate evaluation.

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