Avoid Tooth Loss; Save Your Smile And Resolve Pain With Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy In Ontario, California
Non-surgical root canal therapy at Ontario Dental Center in Ontario, California, the office of Dr. Mukesh Patel can quickly resolve pain and may prove to be the only way to save a badly damaged or infected tooth.
Getting To the Root of This Common Treatment
Contrary to the falsehoods you may have heard about root canal treatment, this non-surgical approach to restoring the health and appearance of your teeth is proven safe, comfortable, and fast. This treatment also has an exceptional track record, with the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) reporting that root canal therapy has proven to be 90% effective in patients.
Root canal therapy is a form of endodontic treatment. What is endodontic treatment? Looking at the Greek origin of the word, “endo” means inside, while “odont” means tooth. You can then understand that endodontic treatment is a procedure that treats the inner portion of the tooth. Root canals are one of the most common forms of endodontic treatments and are considered very standard. As a non-surgical approach, it is conservative when comparing it to a more invasive surgical procedure such as an apicoectomy.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
Your tooth is made up of several components. You have the enamel, which is the protective, very hard outer layer of the tooth. Enamel, for several reasons, can wear away over time and cannot regenerate. Underneath this enamel is the dentin, which contains microscopic tubules that, when exposed, allow hot, cold, and acidic foods to stimulate the nerves and cells within the tooth. When your dentin becomes exposed, you will experience noticeable tooth sensitivity. The pulp chamber is underneath all of this within the tooth itself. Within this chamber is where nerves, blood vessels, and other connective tissues reside.
When this inner pulp becomes infected, you will likely experience intense discomfort and know that something is wrong. In some cases, if left untreated, the nerves can die, and you will not feel anything. However, the infection will remain and will need to be treated. When an infection of the inner pulp is left untreated, it can begin to spread from the tooth into the soft tissues and bone as well as into your bloodstream. This makes getting a root canal treatment crucial to not only your dental health but also your overall health due to the damage an untreated infection can cause when allowed to spread.
The Root Canal Procedure
Look at a root canal treatment as a deep cleaning for the inside of your tooth. If it is determined that we can restore your tooth with this procedure, Dr. Patel will first numb the treatment site for utmost comfort. We can also discuss other options to keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable. Once the tooth is fully numbed (ensuring you won’t feel anything), the root canals are accessed at the center of the tooth (the pulp). The affected canals are sterilized so that no infected or inflamed tissue is present. The canals are then shaped and sealed off to help prevent reinfection.
The finishing “touch” is a dental crown. Typically, a temporary crown is placed to protect the treatment site. The permanent crown is fabricated separately in a lab by a dental ceramist skilled in making crowns and other restorations. Once the permanent crown has been made, you’ll return to Ontario Dental Center. Dr. Patel removes the temporary crown and checks that the new crown looks and feels natural and comfortable before fixing it securely to the underlying natural tooth structure. When restorations are well-designed and well-placed, you never think about them! They fit and function naturally.
Damage, such as inflammation and infection, doesn’t go away on its own. It requires intervention from a dental office that you can trust. Serving Chino, Montclair, Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Pomona, and the surrounding area, Ontario Dental Center looks forward to relieving the pain and other symptoms caused by deep oral problems that require root canal therapy.
As a result, you can return to your healthy quality of life and avoid further complications, including tooth loss and systemic infections. Call (909) 414-3535 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Patel.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful, but when done properly, it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to which healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with a natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canals are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist if any symptoms or discomfort occur.