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Root Canal Escondido CA

Many patients have a fear of going to the dentist and the mention of root canal treatment can cause much more fear instilled in the patient. This procedure is actually quite common and safe, and one of the most frequently required dental surgeries around. Typically completed in two office visits, root canals are quick and simple and can alleviate painful symptoms immediately following the procedure. If you have toothaches, discolored patches on your teeth, or have swelling along the gum line, please call us in Escondido so we can determine if root canal therapy is right for you.

Why Root Canal Therapy?

Whether removing harmful bacteria, plaque, or dead tissue from around the teeth, a root canal is easy to perform. If the bacteria is not removed, it can become infected which then, in turn, can cause the pulp, dentin, and the deeper levels of tissue to become infected. If not treated, the infection will grow, increasing pain and it may lead to tooth extraction. It is much safer and healthier for your entire body to have a root canal than allow this bacteria to continue to remain inside of your mouth.

What Is Dental Pulp?

The dental pulp is the material inside of the tooth, and it is pretty important to keeping your teeth healthy. It is the living portion of the tooth, and the pulp is made up of all the nerves, blood vessels, and cells. It is also what causes you to feel pain whenever trauma or decay presents itself.

Dental pulp acts like the body's alarm system and helps to warn you about tooth problems. It also helps to form dentin, which is the white part of your tooth that shields the pulp from damage.

What Does Pulp Do?

The pulp is extremely important during our younger years of life, as our teeth mature and start to grow. As our second set of adult teeth come in and they become fully mature, we no longer need the pulp, and our teeth can grow without it.

However, if the pulp gets infected due to decay or other problems, then we will need to remove the pulp. A tooth can survive with no pulp, but it cannot survive with damaged pulp.

The damaged pulp can cause some large problems for your oral health. The decay can warp the tooth from the inside out, move from tooth to tooth, and cause pain when doing simple activities. These include eating, swallowing, and speaking.

Removing Damaged Pulp

If your tooth decay is significant, then our dentist will start to remove the pulp. We can do this through a root canal, which removes all of the infected pulp and also fills up the tooth.

We get started by removing all of the infected pulp and then doing a deep clean of your tooth, and then we add in the filling. Once the now-empty tooth is filled up, we seal it off and then wake you up from the sedation. Getting rid of damaged pulp through root canals is a very common procedure, and our team will help you every step of the way.

Root Canal Procedure

A root canal procedure is fairly common, and we will get started right away. We will apply a local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area, and we can also give you some light sedation in the office to make sure you do not feel anything.

The tooth will be isolated using what is called a dental dam to keep it dry and clean for the entire surgery. The dentist will use drills to expose the inside of the tooth. The damaged pulp is removed so no infection remains along with the inner section being cleared out, as well to ensure no infected tissue remains anywhere inside the tooth. Different solutions can be applied to help remedy any residual infections.

A rubbery substance is then placed into the cleared-out chamber of the tooth once it is completely cleaned. The tooth is then closed, and a temporary filling is applied until the permanent crown is ready. This usually takes a few weeks before the crown can be applied. Sometimes a different type of dental restoration can be recommended instead of a crown. A dental implant can be placed if the tooth is not able to be saved which can support a whole host of different dental appliances.


While root canal therapy in Escondido CA can help save the tooth by removing the plaque and bacteria, it is important the patient continues to practice good oral hygiene. They also need to continue brushing and flossing at least two times a day and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. This is very important to ensure the infection is completely removed and does not come back.

The week following a root canal, the tooth and the nearby gum tissue may be sensitive and sore, but it will fade over time. Being mindful of what you eat can help alleviate some of the discomfort. Typically, over-the-counter pain relievers will be adequate to manage any pain.

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Leaving the damaged dental pulp inside of an infected tooth is not the best idea. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your tooth,we urge you to seek treatment. Our dental team at Robert J. Malone DDS can examine your tooth and determine if you need a root canal.

Just because a tooth has a root canal does not mean it is a dead tooth. They can be healthy and remain intact for years with proper care. Also, root canals are far less painful than they have been made out to be. Why not contact Robert J. Malone DDS today to find out more and see if a root canal can alleviate your symptoms. We are also available by phone at (760) 546-5557. Call us in Escondido today to either discuss root canal options and answer your questions, or to schedule an appointment where we can make a proper examination.

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(760) 546-5557


910 E. Ohio Ave #203
Escondido, CA 92025

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