When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

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Root canal therapy is a type of treatment that can remove diseased tissue from a tooth and can eliminate the need for extraction in otherwise extremely damaged or infected teeth. After root canal therapy, a porcelain crown is usually placed on the tooth to strengthen and restore it. Our dentist in Thousand Oaks may recommend a root canal therapy if you have a severely infected tooth, a damaged tooth or an abscessed tooth. Symptoms that can indicate the need for a root canal treatment include:

•    Throbbing pain
•    Pain that lessens or worsens based on your position
•    Pain that intensifies in response to temperature changes or pressure
•    Lingering pain
•    Pain that is strong enough to wake you at night
•    A swelling or lump near the base of the tooth
•    A tooth that feels taller or that feels like it no longer fits properly
•    Radiating pain in your face, neck or shoulder

In some cases, you may have no symptoms. This is because the nerve of the tooth has already died. While there may be no symptoms, the dead tissue can leave you vulnerable to infection and serious dental disease. We will explain all of your treatment options so that you can make the best decision for your dental health. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in root canal in Thousand Oaks.

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