At Delta Family Dentistry, we provide endodontic care to patients whose teeth have suffered infection, injury, inflammation, or damage. Infections inside a tooth can be very painful because they may affect the nerve endings. The pulp has living tissue, and whenever the tissue is impacted by trauma or infection, it brings a lot of pain.
Even so, sometimes, when nerve endings have been destroyed or are dead, a person with pulp infection may not even exhibit pain. Our dentist in Oakley, CA, performs root canal treatment to help eradicate infection inside a tooth and regain function and full health.
When Do You Need Endodontic Treatment?
If not treated, pulp infection or inflammation can present severe discomfort, abscesses, and tooth loss. You may want to watch out for symptoms that signal the need for endodontic care:
- Tooth sensitivity and discoloration
- Gum swelling or visible injury of the tooth
- Recurrent throbbing pain
- Tenderness deep in the bone
An endodontist may do X-rays to catch some of these symptoms and work to clear the infection and do away with the pain. Our endodontic care includes the following:
Root Canal Treatment involves accessing the root canal to clear away the diseased, infected, or injured pulp and cleaning the canals and other spaces. Our dentist near you fills the space using gutta-percha material and seals it tight.
Root Canal Retreatment – When your first treatment doesn’t eliminate the infection, we do a root canal retreatment. It can arise from a new cavity or infection hidden and not cleared during the first treatment. Root canal retreatment follows the same steps as root canal therapy.
Endodontic Surgery – Apicoectomy or root-end resection is an example of endodontic surgery that our dentist performs. It is done to the tip of the root that has developed an infection. It involves treating the tooth and removing the infected part of the root’s tip. A small filling may be done to help seal the root end.
Visit Delta Family Dentistry if you exhibit tooth pain, sensitivity, or gum swelling.