Root Canal Therapy You Can Trust in Vista
At Imagine Dental Group & Implant Center, we provide specialized root canal treatment by our endodontist, Dr. Michael Gavin. Endodontists are specialists in the diagnoses and treatment of tooth pain. Together with Dr. Ashraf Okba, our dental team understands that a tooth infection can cause debilitating pain and immediate treatment is essential. We offer you the quick, safe, and compassionate root canal treatment you deserve.
We take the time to craft your confident, healthy smile and help you restore and maintain excellent oral health. Our practice offers emergency dental services, and can schedule same-day appointments when necessary. We proudly serve our community in Vista, Bonsall, Fallbrook, or any of the surrounding neighborhoods. We offer free initial consultations for oral surgeries. Contact us and schedule your consultation today!
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What is Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a safe procedure to remove infection, alleviate pain, and save the remaining tooth structure. If your tooth is affected by severe decay, our endodontist will remove the infected tissue and then cover it with a crown.
How to Tell if I Need a Root Canal
If you experience tooth pain, it doesn't necessarily indicate your need for a root canal. You need to consult with our dentist for evaluation. However, symptoms that indicate a root canal may be necessary include:
- Darkening of your tooth enamel
- Swollen gums around a painful area
- Severe tooth pain from pressure put on the area when chewing food
- Sensitivity to temperatures
The Root Canal Treatment Process
This process starts with our endodontist performing a detailed exam and a series of x-rays to determine the exact location of the problem. Once the infected area is identified, we begin the procedure by numbing the affected area and making sure you are comfortable. Our team then removes the damaged tissue, cleans, and disinfects the root canal chamber. The root is then filled with antibacterial material to assist in its healing and finally covered with a crown to protect your tooth from further damage.
What Causes Tooth Infection?
Bacteria accumulate on the tooth's surface. With time, bacteria and acids penetrate the outer layer, called the enamel, forming cavities. If left alone, bacteria continue to move through the dentin and into the inner tooth pulp, where the blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissue are found. Once bacteria reach the nerves, it can lead to other complications, such as gum disease, and may even cause tooth loss.
Ways to Avoid Dental Infection
Protecting your smile from damage requires consistent care. Following the tips below can help you preserve your teeth:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes
- Floss after every meal if possible, or at least once a day
- Limit sugar consumption, including soda and starchy foods
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Drink plenty of water
- Have professional cleanings and exams twice a year
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports to help reduce chances of injury
Is Root Canal Procedure Painful?
While a root canal procedure may have a bad reputation, it relieves pain by removing the infection. The pain results from damage to the dental pulp, not the treatment.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
A root canal treatment may require one to two visits in addition to the consultation. First, we will determine the severity of the infection and let you know the type and length of treatment needed. We will perform the root canal procedure and place a temporary crown during your first appointment. In your final visit, we will place your permanent crown to preserve the treated tooth.
What to Expect After Treatment
The first couple of days after your root canal procedure, you may feel mild discomfort or tenderness. Pain killers, such as ibuprofen, may help relieve your pain. We also recommend you don't chew on the affected side until your tooth has completely healed.
Which Is Better - A Root Canal Treatment or An Extraction?
We don't recommend extracting a tooth unless it is the last resort. Professionals agree that root canal treatment is a better option for your oral health in the long term. Our team strives to preserve your original teeth as much as possible.
Help Save Your Smile Today!
At Imagine Dental Group & Implant Center, we strive to provide you with the personalized dental services you deserve. Dr. Gavin is an experienced endodontist who performs successful root canal therapy and retreatment, when reinfection occurs. With a gentle chairside approach, our skilled dental team ensures your experience is positive, relaxing, and comforting. Contact us today and schedule your free initial oral surgery consultation.
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