Root Canal Therapy
When infection reaches the inner pulp of a tooth, it becomes an incredibly painful and damaging ordeal. If left untreated, it could result in a tooth needing to be extracted.
Root canal therapy is the best way to eliminate infection, alleviate pain, and save your tooth. At Smileneeds Dental, Dr. Mariano Castro has helped countless patients in Upland find relief from their toothache and preserve their tooth through successful root canal therapy. Don’t suffer tooth pain alone. Call our office today.
Causes and Dangers of a Tooth Infection
Cavities begin when acid and bacteria penetrate the outer tooth layer, called the enamel. If bacteria are not removed, they will eat through the dentin into the inner tooth pulp, where the blood vessels, nerves and soft tissue is found. This leads to intense pain as the nerves alert the brain to the infection.
Should the infection go ignored, serious complications often arise. The infection may lead to gum and bone loss, loosening the tooth and requiring its extraction. The surrounding teeth could also become infected. Worse still, the infection can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is designed to eliminate infected tissue before it has a chance to cause further damage. Treatment begins by removing the decayed portion of the tooth. The dentist then cleans out the infection from the pulp chamber.
Once all decay has been removed, he fills the root with a special material called gutta percha, which stabilizes the tooth and allows it to heal. Finally, the dentist fills in the tooth space and covers it with a porcelain crown to protect the tooth. Dr. Castro works to save as much of the tooth as possible, which preserves your bite and reduces the risk of tooth and bone loss later in life.
When to See the Dentist
Root canal therapy has often held a negative reputation, leading many to avoid the dentist if they suspect they may need one. However, modern dental tools and technology have made this treatment safer and more reliable than ever before.
Contact the dentist right away if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Gum swelling or tenderness
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- An abscess in the gums
Note that it is possible to have a tooth infection without any noticeable symptoms. It is therefore vital to keep your regular 6-month appointments, so that the dentist can spot and treat any potential problems.
Safe, Experienced Root Canal Therapy in Upland
When faced with a stressful dental issue, having a dentist you feel comfortable with can make all the difference. At Smileneeds Dental, our friendly and professional staff go above and beyond to see that your needs are met. Dr. Castro and his team use their experience and superior technique to provide gentle, effective care for all your dental needs. They also keep up to date with the latest in proven modern dental technology and techniques, ensuring you have top-of-the-line care at every visit.
Come visit our beautiful office, located in the Upland Medical Plaza. We look forward to helping you protect your dental health!
Dr. Mariano Castro
1183 East Foothill Blvd, Suite #150
Upland, CA 91786
Phone: (909) 466-1245
Fax: (909) 727-8320