Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures and the last resort to save a decaying tooth. Even though it’s a routine procedure with no harsh side effects or complications, patients still experience considerable anxiety about it. Dr. Huston, our incredibly talented and compassionate dentist, tailors your root canal in Corona according to your specific goals, needs, and comfort, ensuring optimal results.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

The root canal is the innermost part of the dental anatomy, containing the soft living tissues, tooth pulp, and nerves. Root canal therapy is a procedure wherein the root canal is hollowed out, disinfected, and cleaned to prevent bacterial infection from spreading further. This procedure is usually necessary when the patient has a deep dental cavity due to poor oral hygiene, insufficient dental care, or untimely treatment. Root canal therapy is often the patient’s last chance to save the decayed tooth — if left untreated, the patient might eventually need a tooth extraction.

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Signs You Need a Root Canal

The fact that you need root canal therapy indicates that you’ve been neglecting your oral hygiene, dental cleanings, or dental treatments. With proper oral hygiene and dental care, most patients can avoid needing root canal therapy. Most people don’t feel any pain or discomfort when a dental cavity only affects the enamel, i.e., the outermost part of the tooth. That’s why you must go for regular dental checkups — the dentist identifies the cavity before it progresses further. However, if you don’t go for dental checkups or neglect getting fillings, the bacterial decay might eventually spread necessitating a root canal in Corona.

The following are the most common signs and symptoms that you need root canal therapy:

  • Severe toothaches while eating or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Persistent sensitivity after the stimuli is removed
  • Dental abscesses or cysts in the gums
  • Darkened or discolored teeth
  • Large, dark, and highly visible cavities
  • Gum swelling
  • Gum tenderness
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Inexplicably chipped or fractured teeth

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The Root Canal Procedure

  • Diagnosis: Dr. Huston conducts diagnostic tests and X-rays to visualize the root canal and assess the damage.
  • Preparation: Dr. Huston delivers local anesthesia to ensure comfort and places a rubber dam around the affected tooth to prevent saliva interference.
  • Extraction: After drilling a hole to access the root canal, Dr. Huston removes all the infected and decayed pulp tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. The hollow root canal is cleaned and flushed with a special solution to remove the debris.
  • Sealing: Dr. Huston seals the hollow root canal with a special compound to maintain its strength and integrity.
  • Crown: Finally, Dr. Huston attaches a tooth-colored and tooth-shaped crown to the weakened tooth to protect it from damage.

Candidates for Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is usually meant for patients with dental damages or cavities that have entered the soft tissues and pulp chamber. However, in some cases, root canal therapy might also be necessary if you have a severe dental fracture that extends deep into the tooth’s root canal. Long-term grinding and bruxism can also wear down the enamel, exposing the pulp to infections and increasing the need for root canal therapy. Dr. Huston carefully examines your teeth, discusses your symptoms, and runs advanced diagnostic tests to determine if you need root canal therapy.

illustration of a root canal in Corona

Contact 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center

2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental center specializing in the latest dental implant techniques. However, we believe in doing everything possible to help you maintain your natural teeth for a lifetime. We recommend root canal therapy to patients on the verge of losing their teeth to bacterial decay — a last-ditch effort to save your decaying teeth. Please schedule an appointment at our dental office to discuss your options for a root canal in Corona, Southern California.

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