Root canal therapy is typically done to save a damaged or injured tooth by getting rid of the nerve and tooth pulp. Our dentist then cleans the affected area and seals it to keep out bacteria. Then the tooth can be repaired with a dental filling or dental crown to fortify the tooth and restore full function. Fun Fact: adults actually don’t depend on the tooth pulp to keep the tooth alive!
When a tooth can’t be saved with a root canal, it will likely need extraction and replacement with a dental restoration. Root canals are a dentist’s way to save the tooth without extracting it. This matters, because without a tooth in place, the bone material beneath where it used to be, diminishes, altering the facial aesthetic. Bone loss also causes surrounding teeth to move out of their proper position.
A root canal saves you money that might otherwise be spent on restoring a lost tooth with a dental bridge, partial denture, dental implant or complete dentures. If you have swelling and pain in a tooth, you might benefit from a root canal. We welcome you to reach out to our team if you think you might need a root canal treatment in Sacramento, California. Our Sierra Oaks Dental team can be reached at (916) 481-2000 for an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Peter Kim, Dr. William Altig or Dr. Hannah Fox. We look forward to helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a beautiful smile!