Root Canal Treatment
Prevent the Need for Extraction
A root canal procedure can relieve the painful symptoms of infection and eliminate the need for extraction. With his holistic approach to dentistry, we are focused on protecting your oral and overall health through preventive measures and conservative treatment. Patient comfort is also a priority for us, which is why we offer conscious sedation dentistry. You can expect your root canal procedure to be virtually painless and beneficial to every aspect of your health.
What Is a Dental Infection?
Dental infection can occur when a cavity advances to the inner portion (pulp) of the tooth, which consists of ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. This tissue can also become infected due to physical trauma that damages the hard exterior of the tooth.
Root canal therapy involves removing the soft tissue and preserving the exterior of the tooth.
Why Treat an Infected Tooth?
It is essential to treat an infected tooth at the earliest stage possible to prevent the need for extraction. Treating infection can also prevent bacteria from spreading to other areas of the body. Left untreated, you may increase your risk of:
Our approach is to help patients achieve the highest level of well-being through outstanding dental care. We are dedicated to addressing dental issues in a timely, effective manner to prevent more serious issues from developing.
A Comfortable and Beneficial Procedure
Many patients avoid undergoing a root canal procedure because it has a reputation for being painful. However, Dr. Ta uses gentle techniques that minimize discomfort. In fact, the amount of discomfort experienced during a modern root canal is often compared to a routine dental filling.
A local anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area, making the tissues numb. If you suffer from dental phobia or are anxious about your treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation. For your safety.
The Root Canal Procedure
Typically, treating a root canal infection could take up to two appointments. During the first appointment, the doctor will address the infected tissue. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Ta will access the pulp chamber of the tooth by creating a small opening. The soft tissue will then be removed from the inner portion of the tooth, including the root canals (the centers of the tooth roots). The root canals will be slightly widened in preparation for filling.
The inside surfaces of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the tooth has been prepared, the root canals will be filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Dr. Ta will place a filling to seal the tooth. In most cases, the tooth will require a dental crown for support following treatment.