Root Canal Therapy
If a damaged or severely decayed tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy may be recommended. A root canal rids the tooth of harmful bacteria, and can save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. Dr. Hada has years of experience performing root canal therapy, and uses advanced techniques to minimize patients’ discomfort and anxiety. Once the procedure is complete, he can also place a dental crown to support and strengthen the weakened tooth.
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Root Canal Therapy: Saving the Tooth, Stopping the Pain
Many patients want to run the other direction when their dentist mentions the words “root canal”. Despite this deep-seated fear, root canal therapy is the solution, not the cause of the pain. Root canal therapy can help ease the discomfort caused by an infected tooth, as well as save the tooth. Advances in modern dentistry and local anesthetics allow dentists like Dr. Richard P. Hada to perform the procedure, with little to no anxiety or discomfort for patients. To learn more about root canal therapy, contact our practice in Mission Viejo, CA, to schedule a consultation.
When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
When the pulp, or the soft inner core, of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected as a result of bacteria, it can cause decay and tooth pain. If this infection is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess, pulp death, bone loss, or even loss of the tooth.
Some typical symptoms of infection that may indicate a need for root canal therapy include:
- Tooth pain
- Swelling around your face and neck
- Swollen gums
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact our practice immediately. As with any medical condition, detecting infection or problems early, can help make treatment easier and more successful.
The infection in your tooth may have been caused by:
- Deep decay
- Trauma to the tooth
- Repeated dental procedures
- Faulty crowns
- A crack or chip in the tooth
A root canal is typically completed in one or two office visits. During your first visit, x-rays will be taken to asses the level of damage to the tooth. Next, a rubber-like sheet, or dental dam, will be placed inside your mouth to keep the infected tooth clean and protected during the procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic to help minimize pain and discomfort during your procedure.
A small access hole will be created, so that we can remove the infected pulp, and thoroughly disinfect the pulp chamber. Dr. Hada may administer medication inside the pulp chamber and root canal to protect against future infection. The root canals will be dried and filled, usually with a rubber-like compound, before being sealed with a temporary dental filling.
During your second visit, we will place a crown over the treated tooth to protect it from further damage, which will restore it to its normal function. It is possible that you may require a restoration other than a crown. We will review these options with you during your first appointment.
One of the most important benefits of root canal therapy is its ability to eliminate infection. Removing the infected and dying pulp and nerves not only helps restore and save your tooth, it also eases the pain caused by the inflammation. Root canal therapy can also offer other advantages:
- Restores your normal biting force and sensation
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
- Allows for efficient chewing
After the Procedure
It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene after root canal therapy, such as daily brushing and flossing, and maintaining regular cleanings. Not only will this help prevent future infection, and keep your smile healthy, it will ensure that your restoration remains in good condition for years to come.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Hada and his caring staff understands that root canal therapy can make even the most confident patient apprehensive. To help put you at ease, Dr. Hada uses advanced dental techniques to treat your tooth and make you comfortable throughout the procedure. If you have been postponing your root canal therapy, call us today, and rest assured that you will be in good hands at Hada Family Dental.