Restore your infected tooth
with root canal therapy
If you have a toothache that won’t go away in Del Mar, you may have an infected tooth, and need root canal therapy from Dr. Todd Pizzi at Del Mar Dental Studio. With a root canal, you can eliminate your pain and discomfort, preserve your smile, and prevent further complications related to a tooth infection. Learn more below, or contact us now for an appointment.
Signs that you need
a root canal
The most common sign that you may need a root canal is a painful toothache that persists for more than 1-2 days. This toothache is caused by the infection of the nerve-filled “pulp” that keeps your tooth alive.
You may also notice sensitivity and pain when chewing, or when consuming very hot or cold foods or drinks. The tooth may also become discolored, or you may notice discoloration of the surrounding gum tissue.
If you have a fever or notice major swelling of your face and gums, you definitely have a seriously infected tooth, and need to get help from Del Mar Dental Studio right away. This is because, in some cases, the infection could spread throughout your face and neck, which can be life-threatening.
What to expect
The root canal Process
First, Dr. Todd Pizzi will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area for your comfort. You can also be sedated during the root canal process, if you wish. Next, Dr. Pizzi will begin the treatment by using a dental drill to trim away damaged enamel, and creating a small hole in the top of the tooth.
Through this opening, Dr. Pizzi will use a variety of special dental tools to extract decayed pulp and tooth material, removing the bacteria that caused your tooth infection. Then, the tooth will be flushed and sanitized to kill any remaining bacteria.
After this, the tooth will be filled with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” This replaces the missing pulp, and strengthens the inside of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Pizzi will restore your tooth with a filling or a temporary dental crown. You may need to come back to Del Mar Dental Studio for a separate appointment to get a permanent crown.