Root canal therapy is a non-surgical endodontic treatment that's used to save a severely damaged tooth. This damage can come from everything from a deep cavity to an accident or facial trauma. Rather than pulling the tooth, we perform a root canal, which cleans out the infected tissue and replaces it with a special filler material beneath a crown.

Why Are Root Canals Needed?

There are several layers to your teeth:

  • Enamel: The hard white layer on top of your teeth
  • Dentin: Another hard layer below the enamel
  • Pulp: Soft tissue filled with nerves and blood vessels

A shallow cavity might not go any deeper than the enamel or dentin. If it reaches the pulp, however, it's considered a deep cavity, and it might need a root canal. Pulp damage can also stem from accidents, abscesses, genetic conditions, and other dental problems.

Common symptoms of pulp decay include tooth pain, swollen gums, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatments are a relatively simple process.

During the procedure, we'll remove the infected pulp and replace it with a special composite mixture. Then, over the mixture, we'll place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your next visit.

During your next and final visit, we'll remove the temporary filling and place a crown over your entire tooth. Not only will it act as a hard barrier to prevent future damage, but it will also maintain the integrity of the root canal.

What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?

One significant benefit of root canal treatment is that you'll save your tooth. It won't have to be extracted and replaced with an implant. You'll keep the natural structure of your tooth intact.

Another great thing about root canal treatment is that it's a common, everyday procedure that can be completed in as little as 1 to 2 dental appointments. It's also relatively quick in terms of total minutes in the chair. Advancements in modern dental technology have made the entire procedure easier, faster, and more streamlined than it used to be.

Last but not least, root canal therapy can get rid of your tooth pain. Since it removes the whole of the damaged pulp, including the roots, you shouldn't feel any pain from the site of the tooth anymore.

Root Canal Treatment for Everyone

You don't have to live with a cracked, swollen, or decayed tooth. If you're ready to embark on root canal therapy in Rancho Mirage, CA, contact our experts at Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Endodontics.