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When is a Root Canal Necessary?

When is a Root Canal NecessaryA root canal is a treatment that can save a tooth that has become either badly decayed or infected. The pulp of the tooth is the portion that is soft inner tissue, and when it becomes inflamed or infected, the tooth will need to be treated, cleaned and sealed. Our expert in root canal in Los Angeles can help you decide if a root canal treatment is right for you.

The pulp contains the nerve, blood vessels, connective tissue and other soft tissues that nourish the tooth. Although these tissues are necessary when teeth are still developing, once they have erupted completely, the nerve only provides the tooth with sensation. The pulp is no longer necessary for the function or the health of the tooth. When infection threatens the health of the entire tooth, the root canal treatment is used to remove these tissues.

You may need a root canal treatment if you have:

• Swelling near the tooth, which can spread to the face, head or neck
• An abscess, which is a pocket of pus at the end of the root of the infected tooth
• Severe tooth pain when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth
• Bone loss around the root of the tooth
• Extreme sensitivity to temperature changes
• Swelling, a bump or tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth
• A change in bite
• A bad taste, which may occur when draining takes place from the infected tooth or gums

The root canal removes the diseased tissue, which provides immediate relief from the pain. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in root canal in Los Angeles.

 

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