If your tooth is suffering from a large crack, cavity, severe pain, or an abscess, Dr. Murphy may recommend gentle root canal therapy to save it. Depending on the severity of the crack or break, root canal therapy can often save your natural tooth.
If the idea of a root canal makes you feel nervous, don’t let it! The root canal procedure is virtually painless—what hurts is the tooth that needs a root canal! Your comfort is always our priority at Temecula Ridge Dentistry. We will thoroughly numb the treatment area, and help you relax during root canal therapy with hot towels and aromatherapy. It's not uncommon for people to even fall asleep during their root canal!
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Also known as endodontic treatment, the root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, reportedly performed well over 14 million times each year in the United States. This treatment is designed to save your natural teeth, instead of resorting to extracting them.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Murphy removes the living tissue inside your tooth, including the nerves, and excises any bacteria or decay. After this step is completed, Dr. Murphy cleans out the chamber, treats it with a medicated material, and then fills it.
This process is designed to preserve your tooth from further damage and to return it to its full function. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Murphy will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent dental crown is placed at your second visit to our Temecula office.
A crown stabilizes your root canal treated tooth and restores its structural stability. Crowning a cracked and root canal treated tooth can preserve your tooth for many years to come!
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Murphy may recommend root canal therapy if you’re experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
- Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the root.
Schedule Your Consultation With Temecula Ridge Dentistry Today!
If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy as soon as possible. Dental abscesses, cracked or broken teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves. It’s important to treat them immediately to help keep the rest of your mouth healthy and pain-free – and to protect yourself from potentially dangerous systemic infections.
A consultation with Dr. Murphy is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if root canal therapy is needed to help save the tooth that is causing you pain!