The most obvious symptom for needing our Berkeley root canal is a toothache. There are others, of course. And at the office of Jennifer Cho DDS FAGD, we want you to be aware of not only the symptoms, but the causes and the ways that the problem can be treated. It’s a procedure that has a high success rate, about 90%, and can keep your tooth remaining strong and viable for many years to come.
What causes lead up to our Berkeley root canal? The pulp of your tooth is located inside, next to the nerve. It is ordinarily protected by the layers of enamel and dentin, which serve as a barrier to prevent bacteria from getting in. A cavity, loose or lost filling, or chipped or cracked tooth may allow infection to take hold in your tooth’s pulp. As for symptoms, pain that can be mild, moderate, or severe is typical when you apply pressure to the tooth or try to chew with it. Also common is sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. You might also notice gum tenderness or tooth discoloration. When you do experience any of the listed indications, you should be sure to reach out to us for a prompt appointment. There are two treatment options. The least appealing one is to extract the tooth, which is only done if our Berkeley root canal is not likely to yield a positive outcome. It’s non-surgical, and the process is to gain access to the inner tooth, remove the injured pulp and nerve, clean and disinfect the canals, and then seal the canals off to avoid future infections. After healing, a crown will be placed to restore the tooth to its full function and size.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us when you think you may need root canal. The chances of a good result are much higher when you get timely care.