Root Canal Therapy in Palm Desert

How Root Canal Treatment Can Improve Your Oral Health

An infection inside your tooth can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, such as throbbing pain, sharp pain when you bite down, and swelling around the tooth. The infection is treated by removing the soft pulp from inside the tooth through root canal therapy. Dr. Eddie Al Halasa and Dr. Rita J. Hung offer this treatment for patients in the Palm Desert area.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is an alternative to tooth extraction. The primary reason why our endodontists recommend a root canal is because the infection is not jeopardizing the surrounding teeth. It is typically better to perform the root canal than extract the affected tooth.

Why Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

If your tooth is infected on the inside rather than at the gum line, the bacteria and infection will reach the jawbone if the condition is left untreated. Loss of bone leads to losing one or more teeth as well as other oral health problems. Depending on the location of the infected tooth, you may suffer from sinus infections and other medical issues.

What Is the Procedure for Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth, and sealing the tooth. A dental crown may be placed over the affected tooth once the infection is removed. To start, our endodontists will drill a hole in the tooth to access the pulp. The pulp is then removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned with a special solution. A sealant is used to close the hole in your tooth. A dental crown may be installed over the tooth as well.

Is a Root Canal Your Only Option?

If your tooth is infected, extraction is a possibility, but you don't have to lose your tooth. Root canal therapy can quickly and effectively clear out the infection and keep you from having a gap in your smile.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

After your root canal, you may have some minor discomfort. You can treat it with nonprescription pain medications. If this doesn’t work, Dr. Halasa or Dr. Hung can prescribe a stronger pain medication. Keep the area clean, and follow all instructions provided to you after the procedure.

Schedule Your Appointment for Root Canal Treatment Today

Call Rancho Mirage Palm Springs Endodontics today to schedule an appointment for root canal therapy or other dental health services. Dr. Halasa and Dr. Hung perform a thorough exam to determine if a root canal is the best option, or if you are a better candidate for one of our other endodontic treatments.