Root Canal at Center for Implant Dentistry, Fremont
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WHAT IS ENDODONTICS?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating problems that occur inside of the tooth. The most common and probably most notorious endodontic procedure is root canal therapy. When infection on the surface of a tooth moves inward toward the pulp and root, it typically injures the nerves that are located in a hollow area (canal) in the middle of the root. If not treated, infection can become an abscess, a condition with serious implications including the loss of bone in the jaw. Root canal therapy is a beneficial procedure in which the infected tissues are removed and natural tooth structure is preserved.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Because Center for Implant Dentistry is known as a premier source for implant treatment, we often consult with patients who want to have an infected tooth pulled and replaced. There is no denying that root canal therapy has been portrayed in a negative light. However, with today’s advanced technology and anesthetic techniques, that reputation is quite undeserved. Our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of the patient. Saving the natural tooth with endodontic treatment will be recommended if we believe that it would be the healthiest solution.
THE WAY TREATMENT IS PERFORMED
The first step in the root canal procedure is to numb the tooth so that you remain comfortable throughout treatment. We also offer sedation to ensure that even the most anxious patients can relax easily.
Once you are completely comfortable, your dentist will remove damaged tooth structure, just as is done to repair a cavity. The doctor then creates access to the root canal. The infected tissue, including the injured nerve, is removed with tiny files. Emptied canals are sterilized before they are filled with a natural material called gutta percha. This material seals the canals to prevent further infection. In most cases, a dental crown is placed on the tooth for protection and appearance.
There may be mild soreness following the procedure, though it is short lived and easily treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. After root canal therapy, patients notice that the severe pain, sensitivity, and infection are gone. Because the nerve of the tooth has been removed, sensation has also been eliminated. The tooth will no longer feel pain or temperature changes from foods and beverages.
Many patients fear the term “root canal” based on stories that they have heard. Admittedly, before the days of effective anesthetic, any dental or medical procedure involving nerves would have been quite painful. However, these perceptions are outdated with today’s advanced medicine. According to studies, the majority of people who think of this procedure as painful have never actually experienced it.
You don’t have to be afraid of root canal therapy. If you have a damaged, infected, or painful tooth, let us help. Call (510) 574-0496 for your appointment at Center for Implant Dentistry in Fremont.