Root canal therapy, also widely known as a root canal, is a specialized dental procedure aimed at treating problems related to the inner part of the tooth, or the pulp. This treatment falls under the category of endodontic therapy, which deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of issues within the dental pulp. Root canals are often the recommended course of action when the tooth’s pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged due to decay, cracks, chips or dental trauma. Such conditions, if left unaddressed, can lead to severe pain, swelling and even tooth loss due to infection spreading and damaging the surrounding bone.

The purpose of root canal therapy is to eliminate the infection, preserve the natural tooth, and prevent further damage or infection that may lead to the loss of the tooth. The process involves several key steps:

  • Diagnosis and X-rays: Our dentist will take X-rays to assess the extent of the damage and plan the procedure.
  • Local Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
  • Pulpectomy: An opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed from the canals.
  • Cleaning and Shaping: The empty canals are then thoroughly cleaned, enlarged and shaped to prepare them for the filling material.
  • Filling: The canals are filled with a biocompatible material to seal them off from further infection.
  • Restoration: Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown for protection and to bring it back to its full function.

Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy does not cause pain but rather alleviates it. With modern techniques, tools and effective anesthesia, the procedure itself is typically pain-free and can often be completed in just one or two visits. Calavera Hills Dental is equipped with the latest in dental technology, and our skilled dentist and team are committed to ensuring a comfortable and successful treatment experience.

Contact us today at 760-842-5876 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Christopher Layton and learn more about root canal therapy in Carlsbad, California. We are dedicated to preserving your teeth and helping you maintain optimal oral health.

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