Root Canal Procedures in the San Diego Area
When a tooth becomes severely infected or decayed, it can affect your other teeth and your health. Before root canal therapy was made available, patients with severe tooth infections had to have an extraction performed and would lose their tooth. That could make speech more difficult and chewing less comfortable as well as cause bone deterioration, among other problems.
By performing root canals, we can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy and strong. Patients who need root canals often experience excruciating, chronic toothaches. Dr. Hagstrom’s root canal procedure provides relief and comfort to patients in the San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon and Alpine, California, areas.
Signs that you may need root canal therapy:
- An abscess forming on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe and chronic toothache that won’t go away
- Swelling and/or tenderness in and around your tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that the pulp chamber of your tooth is infected. This requires immediate root canal therapy.
The Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Typically, root canals can be completed in one or two appointments in our San Diego office.
During the first appointment, Dr. Hagstrom begins by numbing your tooth and isolating it from the rest of your mouth with a rubber dam, which will keep it dry and free of saliva. He will use special dental instruments to remove the decayed pulp and nervous tissue and clean out any bacteria that have been festering in your tooth. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with a permanent filling unless additional appointments are needed, in which case a temporary filling will be placed. The dentist will place your crown either during this appointment or at your next appointment.
At the next appointment, your San Diego and La Mesa-area dentist will fill and seal the roots and inside cavity of your tooth to prevent any bacteria from re-entering. The tooth will be capped with a beautiful, high-quality porcelain crown that will protect the tooth from future damage.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth heals. You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the success of your root canal treatment. Of course, if you are nervous about your root canal therapy, we offer sedation dentistry to help you relax.
We serve patients who need root canals in the greater San Diego area, including El Cajon and La Mesa, and we are accepting new patients. To find out more about root canal therapy, contact our San Diego office at 619-465-5252!