When the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay, damage, or infection, Dr. Douglas Hauck may recommend a root canal in Newport Beach, California, to restore your oral health. Compromised teeth are often extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature, and can cause intense pain. Those in the earliest stages of decay or infection may not experience any symptoms, but if left untreated, an abscess (pimple-like inflammation) will result.
Typically, there are two options available to those who are in this situation: you can either have the affected tooth pulled (extracted) or you can save it through root canal therapy. Dr. Douglas Hauck often recommends root canal therapy because, unlike extraction, it does not cause significant problems with the surrounding teeth. In addition, root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth while restoring its function.
Root canal therapy is often recommended when one or more of the following situations have occurred:
- The tooth has been injured or traumatized
- A severe infection or abscess has developed
- The pulp (living tissue inside the tooth) has begun to decay
Root Canal Therapy
Our dentist strives to make root canal therapy as pain free as possible. During your appointment, the compromised portion of the tooth will be removed and the remaining tooth will be cleaned and disinfected. The canals of the tooth are filled with special medicated materials and then sealed. At this point, a porcelain crown (cap) may be placed over the tooth for additional protection as well as aesthetics.
If you notice any pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, contact Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. immediately. With his experience, care, and high level of integrity, Dr. Douglas Hauck can provide you with the healthy, functional, and radiant smile that you deserve. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals!