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Root Canal Therapy in Escondido

End Tooth Pain with Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are very common procedures. Over 15 million people in America have a root canal every single year. Modern root canals are minimally-invasive and relatively painless. Despite these facts, they have a bit of a bad reputation. But there’s nothing to fear at the office of Douglas G. Hope, DDS, FAGD. If you need root canal therapy in Escondido, Dr. Hope is one of the best dentists in town.

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The Signs Of An Infected Tooth

The most common and obvious sign of an infected tooth is a serious, prolonged toothache. If you notice that your tooth hurts, and it is painful for more than a day or two, you could have an infected tooth. This is particularly true if you notice that the pain is throbbing, and radiating into your jaw, neck or ear.

However, toothaches are not the only common sign of an infected tooth. Some other signs include:

  • Increased sensitivity to pressure when biting and chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling and redness around the infected tooth
  • Tenderness and swelling in the face and neck

If you notice any of these signs, make sure that you come to the office of Dr. Douglas G. Hope right away to get a professional assessment of your oral health. An infected tooth is a serious dental emergency, so don’t hesitate to come in for a same-day emergency appointment.

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How Does a Tooth Become Infected?

A tooth becomes infected when the nerve and blood vessel-filled “pulp” is exposed to the bacteria in the mouth. Usually, this happens when a tooth is damaged. Tooth decay is the most common cause of a tooth infection. If a cavity is left untreated and gets bigger, acids will wear down the tooth’s outer layers and allow bacteria to get into the interior of the tooth.

However, an oral injury, chip, or crack in the tooth can also expose the pulp and cause an infection. If you suspect one of your teeth was damaged in an accident, get an oral exam right away, even if it does not seem serious at the moment.

Why Is It Important To Get A Root Canal Right Away?

First and foremost, getting root canal therapy treatment will mitigate your discomfort and pain. An infected tooth can cause an excruciating toothache, and a root canal is the best way to remove the infected tooth material, replace it, and restore your tooth to health. After a root canal, you’ll also be able to chew, eat, and speak normally again, without the sensitivity, pain, and discomfort of an infected tooth affecting your day-to-day life.

The sooner you get help, the better the outcome will be for your damaged tooth. If you let your tooth go without treatment, the infection could become irreversible, requiring the extraction and replacement of your tooth with a dental bridge, dental implant, or denture. Replacing a tooth takes much longer and is much more expensive than treating an infection with root canal therapy.

If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, contact us for an appointment right away and get the help you need to save your tooth and preserve your smile.

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Understanding Root Canals

Root canal therapy is required for patients who are suffering from significant levels of tooth decay. If you have an untreated cavity, the infection can spread to the nerve “pulp” that is below the hard enamel and dentin of your tooth.

When this pulp becomes inflamed, it can be very painful. If this condition is left untreated, the tooth will “rot” from the inside out.

Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp and all of the bacteria present in your tooth. Then, the tooth is filled or capped, and the procedure is complete. In fact, the entire process is similar to that of a dental filling.

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Root Canal Process

Dr. Hope will begin by cleaning your tooth, and then isolating it with a dental dam. A drill is used to make a small opening in the enamel, allowing access to the infected tissue and pulp. Then, small tools are used to scrape away all of the infected pulp within the tooth.

After this, a disinfectant is used to clean the inside of the tooth, and a material called “gutta percha”, which is very rubberlike and strong, is used to fill the tooth. This material simulates the original pulp, providing structure and support.

Finally, a filling or temporary crown is put in place. You’ll come back in a few weeks for a permanent crown, once the tooth has healed. There is minimal pain and discomfort, and the procedure can usually be done within 90 minutes.

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Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

  • Prevents tooth loss – If you do not treat an infected tooth, it’s only a matter of time before it dies and falls out. If this happens, an expensive tooth restoration such as a dental bridge, partial denture, or a dental implant will be required. And if you choose to not restore your missing tooth, you may suffer from bite problems, teeth shifting, and a number of other oral health issues.
  • Relieves pain from toothache – An infected tooth is incredibly painful, and can seriously impact your day-to-day life. A root canal is the only way to relieve the pain of a severely infected tooth.
  • Inexpensive and covered by most dental plans – A root canal is typically covered by dental insurance providers. And the cost is much less expensive than a dental implant or a dental bridge.


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If you are suffering from a toothache, have noticed increased sensitivity to heat and cold, or are having trouble chewing, you may have an infected tooth.

Schedule a root canal in San Marcos or Escondido with Dr. Douglas Hope today. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely we are to be able to save your tooth, and relieve the pain of your toothache. See our testimonials to learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry and endodontics.

Contact us today for an appointment at (760) 480-8883, or come to visit us in person at 511 East 2nd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.

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