Although the thought of having root canal therapy may not be pleasant, the truth of the matter is having a root canal isn’t bad. In fact, if you’re having one of the most common symptoms of an infected tooth—pain—then a root canal can be a welcome relief. And with modern anesthesia and dental technologies, you won’t feel any pain during a procedure designed to leave you pain-free. Dr. Greg Friedman and his staff at MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, are well-practiced in performing gentle root canal therapy so you can save your tooth and your smile.
To understand what a root canal is, let’s first examine the structure of a tooth. The outer layer is called enamel and is the hard, protective shell of each tooth. Next is the dentin, a softer and more sensitive layer. At the core of each tooth is the dental pulp, or soft pulp, where there are nerve and lymph tissues as well as blood vessels. If this soft pulp becomes infected because of severe decay or traumatic injury, then the tooth begins to die. Aside from pain, the symptoms of an infected tooth include a newly discolored tooth, gum and facial swelling, and obvious signs of infection on an x-ray.
Root Canal Therapy at MOD Squad Dental
When you come to MOD Squad Dental for root canal therapy, Dr. Friedman will first make sure you are completely comfortable. There’s no need to be nervous, but if you are, please don’t hesitate to ask about sedation dentistry. The procedure begins with Dr. Friedman accessing the tooth’s dental pulp and removing all signs of infection and any accompanying debris from the pulp chamber as well as the associated root canals. This space is then filled with a biocompatible anti-bacterial material and the tooth is sealed. Dr. Friedman will likely want to protect the tooth with a crown, which will be permanently placed a few weeks after your root canal. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown.
Call Our Office Today
If you suspect that you might have a tooth in need of root canal therapy, then call the office of MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients from the surrounding communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.