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If your tooth pulp becomes infected, it can result in constant discomfort, sharp pains, and, if left untreated, eventual tooth loss. To aid patients suffering from infected root canals, we offer endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, at our San Francisco dental practice. If your gums are swollen or inflamed or you have a tooth that is in pain, it may be due to infected pulp tissue. Allow us to diagnose and treat your condition, and alleviate your pain. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Growney, please contact our dental offices, located in downtown and Marina.
The tooth pulp is the tissue inside the tooth, consisting of nerve endings, connective tissue, and blood vessels. This pulp is contained within a chamber beneath the tooth root, known as the root canal. Because pulp tissue contains the nerve endings of the tooth, if it becomes infected through bacterial invasion, it can be extremely painful. In the event a root canal becomes infected, endodontic treatment can be utilized to remove the infected tissue and salvage the tooth. If the tooth pulp is left untreated, the tooth can eventually “die,” and require extraction. Though root canal therapy eliminates the nerve tissue from within the tooth, and thus eliminates any corresponding nerve sensation, the actual tooth itself will be saved from loss, allowing the mouth to retain full functionality while preserving its appearance.
The procedure involves drilling into the affected tooth to remove the offending pulp tissue. For our patients’ comfort and health, we utilize local anesthetic while performing root canal therapy at our San Francisco dental offices. Though the phrase “I’d rather get a root canal!” jokingly implies that the treatment is a painful and unpleasant experience, in fact, you will most likely experience no pain or discomfort of any kind. Once the tooth has been drilled, the infected pulp will be removed from the root canal chamber. The chamber is then sealed with dental filling, preventing further infection, and, if necessary, a restoration (such as a dental crown) is placed atop the tooth. The removal of the nerve will mean that the treated tooth will no longer be able to transmit sensations to the brain, but it will still function perfectly.
Root canal therapy is a simple, straightforward procedure performed using local anesthesia and, if necessary, sedation dentistry techniques. That being said, risks include excessive bleeding and broken teeth due to drilling. These risks can be mitigated through experience and quality care. During your initial consultation with Dr. Growney, he can explain in greater detail the potential risks and how they can be avoided during treatment.
The benefits of root canal therapy can be hard to fully appreciate until after you have undergone the procedure. Pain and discomfort, as well as abscesses that result from pulp infection, are eliminated. The impact the procedure can have on your quality of life is tremendous; patients find that simply being able to enjoy their favorite foods again, or being able to make it through the day without having to worry about gum pain, greatly enhances their demeanor and happiness. If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy, our San Francisco dental team would be happy to help.
We encourage you to learn more about your options if you are suffering from pain and discomfort on a daily basis as a result of an infected root canal. There are treatment options that can eliminate the pain and safeguard against further infection, and we can treat the condition without causing you any further discomfort. Please contact Dr. Kevin Growney today to schedule a consultation; the earlier you seek treatment, the sooner you can find relief.
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