The dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. When the dental pulp becomes infected or diseased, Dr. [doctor_name] may recommend a root canal in Stockton, CA. During root canal treatment, our dentist will remove the infected dental pulp, clean the tooth thoroughly, and seal the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal treatment may be necessary:
- Severe toothache
- Persistent tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and pain in the gums
- A pimple on the gums that will not go away
If infected dental pulp is not removed, several issues can arise. The dental pulp will break down and bacteria will spread within the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth, which is a tooth with a pus-filled pocket on the end of the tooth roots. Untreated diseased dental pulp can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss may occur around the tip of the root if infected dental pulp is not removed. Also, drainage problems may occur. A hole can form through the side of tooth, causing drainage into the gums or skin.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.