Dentist in Valley Springs

Office Hours

Valley Springs
Tuesday: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

San Andreas
Monday, Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Contact Information

52 Laurel Street
Valley Springs, CA 95252
(209) 732-4905

40 E St Charles Street
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-9565

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Root Canals

Why do I need one?

The pulp, or soft inner tissue is important during the tooth's development. Once a tooth is fully mature, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth is nourished by tissues surrounding it. The pulp is normally surrounded and protected by a layer of dentin.

Above the gumline, the dentin is protected by a layer of enamel; below the gum-line the dentin is covered by cementum. When a crack or cavity destroys these protective layers, the pulp is exposed to irritants and bacteria in your mouth. This can result in inflammation then infection, and, eventually, an abscess. Periodontal (gum) disease or a severe blow to the tooth can also damage the pulp. Endodontic therapy removes the damaged pulp and usually the tooth returns to a healthy condition.

If an abscess was present before treatment the healing process may take up to 2 years.