Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

When the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected, you will need a root canal to prevent tooth loss and further infection. This procedure with Dr. Clare Macaulay helps to save natural teeth and restore oral health in Valencia, CA. It is not as painful as many people believe, and can be very effective for preserving a tooth that has tooth decay and is causing pain.   

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Do I Really Need a Root Canal?

If you do not receive a root canal at the right time, you may notice pus building up around the infected tooth and spreading to the root tip. This can cause an abscess and damage the bone tissue. If the infection is not treated, the infection will build up over time. An infected tooth does not heal on its own and could be life threatening. 

Root Canal

If you have extensive tooth decay and are experiencing some pain, the pulp layer, or nerve center, of your tooth may be infected and requires immediate treatment. A spreading infection can cause tooth loss, but root canal therapy can be very effective for removing the infection and preserving the tooth. A root canal is performed under local anesthesia so the patient experiences no pain or discomfort during the procedure. 

The Root Canal Procedure

Before the procedure begins, Dr. Macaulay will numb the area with local anesthesia and place a rubber dam around the infected tooth. She will make an opening through the top of the tooth to get into the pulp chamber and then use a small dental file to clean out the infected tissue and shape the root canals in preparation of an anti-bacterial filling material. She will take x-rays throughout to ensure all of the infected pulp has been removed before placing a filling in the area to strengthen the tooth and that the filling material extends fully to the apex of each root tip. A restoration such as a crown is eventually placed over the tooth and also helps to strengthen the tooth structure.

Root Canal FAQs

Q: How does a tooth become infected?
A: Tooth decay or a fractured tooth can expose the pulp to bacteria which causes a serious infection.

Q: Do I really need treatment?
A: If you do not get treatment in a timely manner, the pus from the infected tooth can spread to the tip and into the jaw bone. Over time, this causes pressure and can be life threatening.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Common symptoms of a serious infection include extreme tooth sensitivity, swelling, pain, discomfort upon biting, and a consistent bad taste in the mouth.

Don’t lose a tooth to decay by avoiding root canal therapy. Learn more about the root canal procedure by scheduling your consultation in Valencia, CA with Dr. Macaulay today!

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Our practice is focused on providing Gum Recession Treatment, Cosmetic Dentistry, and many other treatments to enhance the oral health of our patients from Stevenson Ranch, Valencia and Santa Clarita.

We promise to provide you with on time exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

Our Office

Clare Macaulay, DDS
28212 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Suite #205
Valencia, CA  91355

New Patients: (661) 426-8272
Current Patients: (661) 259-­7272