Our dentist may recommend a root canal to remove infection and decay and prevent you from needing an extraction. At Smile Moderne, our goal is to protect and preserve your natural teeth as much as we can, and we seek to use conservative treatments that will allow you to continue using your original teeth whenever possible.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment. Endodontics is a field of dental specialty concerned with diagnosing and treating problems with the dental pulp, or the nerves and blood vessels at the center of your tooth. When injury, infection or decay reaches past the tooth enamel and into the pulp, the tooth can eventually become so damaged that it dies and needs to be extracted. By removing the damaged tissue with a root canal, our dentist can save your tooth and help you avoid the need for an extraction and an extensive procedure to replace the tooth.
When you receive a root canal, our dentist will remove the infected and damaged tissue from inside the tooth. The tooth will then be cleaned and filled with a medicated material to help prevent reinfection. A temporary crown will be placed to protect your tooth while a final crown is completed. Once the final crown is placed, the treated tooth should be indistinguishable from your other healthy teeth. Most root canals can be completed in just one or two appointments at Smile Moderne.
Root canal therapy is often associated with pain and discomfort. However, advances in treatment techniques and in anesthesia have made root canals more comfortable. When you visit our office we will review your anesthesia and comfort options with you so that you can decide the best way to manage your discomfort during and after your procedure.
To learn more about root canal therapy in Laguna Niguel, California, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris, call us today at (949) 554-1563.