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Root Canal Dentist
Endodontic therapy (Root Canal) is a sequence of treatments for the pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. This set of procedures is commonly referred to as a "root canal."
Root canals are made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleaning and checkups can prevent and detect problems early on). Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point that it needs root canal therapy in our Thousand Oaks office. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it has to be treated. It cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system which is quite dangerous and painful.
Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets, localized pain, swelling, pain when biting or exacting any sort of pressure as well as a bad taste in your mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until the next dental exam.
A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and to disinfect the canals of the tooth; the only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.