Root Canal Problems and Gum Disease

Posted on: June 14, 2016


At Redwood Dental, we perform endodontics procedures to help our patients recover from dental infections.  If the center of the tooth (dental pulp) becomes infected, the infection can be incredibly painful and even spread.  By performing root canals in our Redwood City, CA office, we can remove the infected area so that our patients can once again use that tooth.  This is a fairly standard procedure that is incredibly effective for saving a tooth that could otherwise need to be extracted.  The only challenge is that sometimes root canal problems can also lead to gum disease or vice versa.  It is critical that you receive a thorough examination and diagnosis from a dentist familiar with endodontics and gum disease.  We are and would be happy to assist you.  To schedule an appointment call, (650) 200-1179.

A Proper Diagnosis is Key

When it comes to a dental infection, gum disease, and problems with your roots, your treatment must begin with the proper diagnosis.  To ensure that nothing is missed, we will perform a thorough examination in our 94061 dental office along with taking x-rays. This will allow us to see what is happening below the surface of your gums.  In some cases, it is the gum disease that causes problems with your roots.  This is because gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up under the surface of your gums, on your teeth.  That plaque and tartar can begin to attack your tooth structure and also your roots.  This can create an infection in both your teeth and your roots, one that needs to be removed with an endodontics procedure like scaling and root planing. In this case, both a root canal and a scaling and root planing procedure would need to be completed in order to fully address the problem.  Otherwise, you could continue to suffer from oral health problems, something we want to prevent as a Redwood City dentist.

There are other instances where gum disease does not play a role in the infection and need for a root canal. In that case, a standard root canal may be all that is required in order to remove the infected portion of the tooth and roots.  Once done, the interior of your tooth can be cleaned and the hole sealed with a rubber-like substance before the tooth is restored with a fill, onlay or dental crown.

As long as a proper diagnosis is made and all of your oral health problems addressed, there should be no direct complication from having a root canal when it comes to the health of your gums.  Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence ensures that the steps are taken to prevent any further issues.

Schedule an Examination with Our 94061 Dentist Office

At Redwood Dental, we prevent root canal problems and gum disease by providing our patients with ongoing dental care and preventative services.  These include performing regular teeth cleanings, conducting dental examinations, and taking x-rays on an annual or bi-annual basis.  By taking these steps, we can both prevent health problems and identify them quickly if they do develop.  This allows us to treat problems before gum disease fully develops or before an endodontics procedure is then required.  To learn more about our solutions and how we can improve your health, call (650) 200-1179 and schedule an appointment with our Redwood City, CA dentist office.

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