Root canal treatment is the process by which infected dental pulp is removed from a tooth. Dental pulp is the soft area at the center of a tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue are found. Once your tooth has been cleaned out, it is sealed with a filling or dental crown. If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. James D. Powell may recommend a root canal in Palmdale, California:

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

Be aware that symptoms are not always present. If left untreated, infected tooth pulp can cause many problems. When the dental pulp is diseased, it breaks down and bacteria form and multiply in the pulp chamber. These bacteria can cause an abscessed tooth, the formation of a pus-filled pocket at the end of a tooth root. This can cause bone loss around your tooth root. Drainage problems can also result from this; a hole can form through the tooth, draining into the gums or through the cheek into the skin. Infected pulp can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head.

To learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today!