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If a tooth is too badly decayed to be treated with a filling, Dr. Randy Cockrell may recommend a root canal in Anaheim Hills, California. During this procedure, our dentist will remove the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed.

Why Is a Root Canal Needed?
If a tooth experiences trauma, deep decay, or multiple procedures, the tooth’s pulp can become infected. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket, can form on the root of the tooth. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. Randy Cockrell will take the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

We encourage you to contact our office today at 714-974-0949 to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next visit.