At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we understand that the thought of a root canal procedure may evoke apprehension. However, our experienced dental team, led by Dr. Rika Prodhan-Ashraf, is committed to providing gentle and effective root canal treatment to alleviate your pain and save your natural tooth. With modern techniques and advanced technology, we aim to make the root canal experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Why is a Root Canal Needed? A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp, the innermost layer of your tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to deep decay, trauma, cracks, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can spread, leading to severe pain, abscess formation, and the potential loss of the affected tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure: A root canal typically involves the following steps:
Evaluation and Diagnosis: Our dental team will conduct a thorough examination, including reviewing your symptoms and dental X-rays, to determine if a root canal is the most appropriate treatment for your condition. We will discuss the procedure, address any concerns you may have, and answer your questions.
Anesthesia and Comfort: Prior to the procedure, we will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. If you experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry options to help you relax during the treatment.
Access and Cleaning: Once you are numb and comfortable, our dentist will create a small access opening in the tooth to reach the infected or inflamed pulp. The infected tissue and debris are carefully removed from the canals using specialized dental instruments.
Disinfection and Filling: The canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection. They are then sealed with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to prevent reinfection and restore the tooth’s structure.
Restoration: After the root canal procedure, the tooth may require a dental crown or filling to provide strength and protect it from further damage. Our team will discuss the most appropriate restoration option for your specific case.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment: Root canal treatment offers several advantages:
Pain Relief: Root canal treatment eliminates the pain and discomfort associated with infected or inflamed tooth pulp, providing relief and improving your quality of life.
Tooth Preservation: By removing the infection and preserving the natural tooth structure, a root canal can save your tooth from extraction, maintaining your smile’s appearance and function.
Efficient Chewing and Speaking: After a successful root canal, you can enjoy improved chewing ability and clarity of speech, as the treated tooth functions as it should.
Natural Appearance: The restoration placed on the tooth after the root canal blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.
Preventing Further Complications: Root canal treatment eliminates the source of infection, preventing the spread of bacteria to surrounding teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures.
At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we prioritize your comfort and strive to make your root canal experience as smooth as possible. Our caring team will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring you are informed, relaxed, and well taken care of.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or suspect that you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with us. Our skilled team will evaluate your condition, recommend appropriate treatment options, and provide gentle and effective root canal therapy to save your tooth and restore your oral health.
In the case of an infected tooth or an abscess, a root canal is typically the most effective treatment. If a patient wants to save the tooth, antibiotics often won’t help. This is because the antibiotics cannot get into the tooth root, and the infection will return as soon as the patient stops taking the antibiotics. Because of this, a root canal is performed to clean out the tooth and seal it off from further infection, allowing the body a full recovery.
A root canal involves opening up an infected tooth and using various tools to clean out the infection. Once the infection is cleared out, the dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist) will fill the tooth with a special material to seal the tooth and prevent any future infections from occurring. This not only clears up the infection, but also allows you to keep your tooth.
It is a common misconception that root canals hurt. Many people avoid getting them for this reason and suffer through painful infections out of fear and end up losing the tooth. It is important to remember that a root canal is a positive treatment because it allows you to keep your tooth. With modern anesthetics, the procedure is much more comfortable.
Root canals vary in cost depending on which tooth is being treated. A tooth with more canals requires more work and is therefore costlier. This means that a root canal on your front teeth costs less than your back teeth.
Root Canals are also cheaper than the alternative, which is extracting the infected tooth and placing an implant. Plus, you have the added benefit of keeping your own tooth.
Call us or schedule appointment immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Discoloration/ Darkening
• Extreme tooth sensitivity to temperature
• Severe pain when eating or applying pressure to a tooth
• Swelling or small pimple-like sores around the tooth.
• Throbbing inside your tooth.
Not only can an infected tooth make eating and drinking painful, it can also lead to more serious health concerns.