Achieve Healthy Gums and Teeth with Conservative, Gentle Root Canal Therapy

Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the nerve, veins, and connective tissues are located. If the dental pulp becomes infected or diseased, Dr. Belnap and Dr. Jergensen may recommend root canal therapy in Rancho Peñasquitos and Ramona, CA. During root canal therapy, our dentists will remove the infected pulp, clean the tooth thoroughly, and seal the tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, root canal therapy may be needed:

  • Severe toothache
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • A recurring pimple on the gums

Many problems can arise if dental pulp is not removed. When the dental pulp is damaged, bacteria multiplies in the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection. A pus-filled pocket called an abscess can also form on the ends of the tooth root. Infection in the root canal can cause swelling that may spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss can occur around the tip of the tooth root if infected dental pulp is not removed. Diseased tooth pulp can cause drainage problems from the tooth root. A hole may form through the side of the tooth, causing drainage into the gums or skin.

Please contact PQ Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.