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Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Therese Murphy, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Temecula Ridge Dentistry

Therese Murphy, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Temecula, CA

Tooth decay or infection can lead to severe pain and even tooth loss if it’s left untreated. At Temecula Ridge Dentistry, board-certified dentist Therese Murphy, DDS, and her experienced team offer root canal therapy at their Temecula, California, office. At the first sign of a toothache, call the office or schedule online today.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy at Temecula Ridge Dentistry treats teeth that are severely decayed, damaged, or infected. The procedure can save your tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. Dr. Murphy and her team clean out the inside of your tooth and fill it to prevent complications. Root canal treatment at Temecula Ridge Dentistry is comfortable, painless, and efficient.

What are signs I need a root canal?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, a root canal might be necessary to save your tooth:

  • A toothache
  • Gum or facial swelling
  • A hole in your tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Temperature sensitivity 
  • A crack in your tooth

The earlier you seek dental treatment, the better your chance of avoiding tooth loss or extraction. The Temecula Ridge Dentistry team offers same-day appointments to get you the immediate dental care you need.

Is root canal therapy right for me?

To find out if you need a root canal, Dr. Murphy and her team review your medical and dental history and examine your teeth and gums. They take dental X-rays to determine the type and extent of tooth damage you have. With mild tooth decay a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown might be all you need. In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary.

What should I expect during a root canal?

Prior to getting a root canal, the Temecula Ridge Dentistry team numbs the treatment area and offers sedation to relax you. During treatment, Dr. Murphy removes bacteria and decay on the inside of your tooth, or its pulp. She cleans and disinfects the pulp chamber and fills it with special dental materials.

The final step during a root canal is getting fitted for a custom-made, CEREC® same-day crown, or porcelain cap that fits over the top of your newly restored tooth.

What happens after root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment at Temecula Ridge Dentistry, there’s no downtime. You can resume normal daily activities right away. However, your treated tooth might feel a little tender for a day or two. Dr. Murphy might recommend you take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort.

Take care of your newly restored tooth by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. Don’t chew on hard objects, such as ice and hard candy, and call Temecula Ridge Dentistry if your crown gets loose or damaged.

Don’t put off getting a root canal before it’s too late to save your tooth. Book an appointment with Temecula Ridge Dentistry by phone or online today.