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Root Canal Therapy (Root Canal Treatment, Apicoectomy) - San Marcos, CA*

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About Root Canal Therapy

A root canal treatment is performed to remove infected areas of the soft, inner section of the tooth, also known as the pulp. These infected areas can cause significant pain and if not treated, the whole tooth will begin to die. A root canal can save the tooth and allow for proper healing, and it lead to further strengthening the tooth. A filling substance can be injected into the tooth or a crown can be placed on the surface. Dr. Jeffrey Allred in San Marcos, CA works to detect when root canal therapy is needed; if the infected tooth is not treated, the infection can spread through the bloodstream to the rest of the body. At Allred Dental, we want to ensure our patients have good oral health that leads to good, overall physical health of the entire body. 

What to Expect

There are two approaches to a root canal surgery. For less severe cases, Dr. Allred may perform a pulpotomy. During this approach, Dr. Allred will open the pulp chamber of the tooth and allow the infection to drain. For more difficult cases, a pulpectomy may be performed. During this procedure, Dr. Allred will remove the pulp from the infected tooth/teeth, and then place a crown or inject filling material. Some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection (usually patients with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves), so we may prescribe a round of antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment. A root canal is usually performed with local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums, and sedation may be added if needed.

An apicoectomy may be performed after an unsuccessful root canal or if an infection has returned after a root canal procedure. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the tooth root is removed and replaced with a filling. An apicoectomy is often considered a last resort treatment. Before treatment, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the area. Dr. Allred will make a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth's root and clean out any infection. The area will then be closed with sutures.

Treatment Aftercare

If only local sedation is used, you will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require you have a responsible adult pick you up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some may experience minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, a permanent crown will be placed and fitted at a separate appointment. Oral care, like brushing and flossing at home plus dental visits as recommended, are important to maintain the health of the treated tooth/teeth after a root canal.

Insurance Coverage

A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by dental insurance, but it may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can help patients with financing plans, if needed. 

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To relieve your pain and prevent more serious dental problems, don't delay talking to our team at Allred Dental about a root canal. With modern dental equipment and techniques as well as multiple sedation options, fixing an infected tooth doesn't have to be painful or time consuming.

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