Root canals at our Moreno Valley, CA practice are an effective way to treat dental infection and restore your oral health. During treatment, your dentist will clean out and reshape the inside of your tooth, as well as your root canals. Then he or she can use a custom-made crown to repair your smile and reinstate your dental function. Like many people, you may dread the thought of a root canal, believing it will involve immense discomfort. However, at Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley, we use incredibly gentle techniques, so the procedure will involve very little discomfort. In addition, thanks to our chairside milling machines, we can often complete root canal therapy in a single appointment.
Is a Root Canal Right for You?
Most often, our dentists will use root canals, or endodontic therapy, to treat dental infection. Infection arises when bacteria move deep into the center of your tooth. The soft pulp in this area houses nerve endings, and the nerves travel along your dental roots through your root canals. As infection spreads, it can cause immense discomfort. Your toothache may be constant, or it may come and go in waves. Pain may be localized, or it may radiate across your face. Often, it will worsen in response to pressure, heat, or cold. Other symptoms of a dental infection can include gum abscesses and chronic bad breath. In some cases, your tooth may darken from the inside. If these symptoms are present, your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine whether a root canal is right for you.
In some cases, we may recommend root canal therapy to repair a cracked tooth. If you have a large crack, but it does not extend down to your dental roots, root canal therapy may be appropriate.
What Happens during Root Canal Therapy?
Before your root canal, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. With these powerful medications and our dentists’ precision, you should experience very little discomfort. However, if you are very nervous, we can also provide IV sedation to help you relax. Your dentist will discuss this option at your consultation.
When you are ready to begin treatment, your dentist will create a tiny access opening in the top or back of your tooth. Through it, he or she can remove infected tissue. At the same time, your practitioner will reshape the inside of your tooth and your root canals. He or she will fill your tooth with a soft rubber compound called gutta percha. Then your dentist will use our chairside milling system to take digital impressions. Using these precise images, the system will produce a custom dental crown – typically in under an hour. Once the crown is finished, your dentist will secure it to your tooth with composite resin.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
In the case of dental infection, root canal therapy will typically be the only way to save your tooth. Without endodontic treatment, you would likely require extraction and a dental restoration, such as a bridge or dental implants. Although our restorations are very strong, even the most advanced materials will not rival your natural tooth.
In addition, a root canal can protect your overall oral health. Without treatment, infection will only grow worse, spreading to your other teeth and even your jawbone. In extreme cases, you could develop a life-threatening bone infection. Fortunately, endodontic therapy can simply and effectively eradicate destructive bacteria.
Contact Us for Additional Information
If you are suffering from a toothache or other symptoms of dental infection, contact our office today. We will schedule a complete evaluation to determine whether root canal therapy is the right choice for you.