Root Canal Therapy – San Juan Capistrano, CA

Pain Relief You Can Count On

At your last routine checkup, did your dentist say that you need a root canal? For many people, these words are the last thing they want to hear, especially because the procedure has quite the reputation. But contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is extremely safe and effective! At Platinum Dental Group of San Juan Capistrano, we have the best tools for repairing extremely damaged teeth and saving them from extraction. If you’d like to learn more about this restorative treatment, continue reading or give our office a call today!

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Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

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Teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off to form canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the bloodstream.

If you have a deep cavity or sustain a traumatic injury, the fracture can make the canal susceptive to bacterial infection. As a result, this can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This may even lead to severe tooth pain and initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and more acute pain. Fortunately, the tooth may be saved with a root canal if you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition.

The Root Canal Process

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Believe it or not, the root canal process is actually quite painless! Since it involves removing the infected nerve of the tooth, this treatment is actually designed to relieve pain. The first thing your emergency dentist will do is numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process. If needed, you can ask about dental sedation to ease your nerves.

Special instruments will be used to access the inner chambers of the tooth, removing any pulp that’s triggering your pain. After sanitizing the area, we’ll refill the tooth with a synthetic gutta-percha material to retain the tooth’s shape. Then, we’ll seal and protect the tooth with a temporary crown. As your mouth heals, the area around the tooth may feel sore and tender.

Once your permanent crown is ready for placement, you’ll return to our office for the final step of the process. After that’s done, you’ll be ready to put your new smile to use as you normally would.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

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By choosing to get root canal therapy in San Juan Capistrano, you can look forward to many incredible advantages, such as:

  • Virtually Pain-Free Procedure – Thanks to advanced dental technology, the process of getting a root canal is about as comfortable as getting an ordinary filling. You don’t have to worry about it being painful!
  • High Success Rate – Most root canal patients can expect their treated tooth to last decades, maybe even the rest of their life!
  • Aesthetically Pleasing Results – After your root canal, your tooth will be restored with a custom-made dental crown that blends seamlessly with your remaining smile.