A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected it can die. At this point you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. According to Dr. Gerald Middleton of Riverside, CA this is your first sign that you will need one of the most common procedures in general dentistry, root canal therapy. Without treatment the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.
What is root canal therapy?
When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown.
A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
If you are experiencing tooth pain and feel you might have an infected root canal, contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website.
Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.