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Four FAQs about specialty care for preserving badly damaged teeth with root canal therapy

Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center offers a range of on-site services to repair individual damaged teeth or restore smiles affected by the loss of multiple or all teeth. We also surround ourselves with and partner with some of the best specialists in Sonoma County, California, and beyond.

Notably, you don’t need to give up on a severely decayed or traumatized tooth. Our patients have peace of mind, as we can refer them to a specialist for root canal therapy in our building. Having an endodontist in the same location allows us to offer a convenient treatment experience. We can also better coordinate care with the specialist and the rest of our team.

Why would I need a specialist?

Endodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the innermost portions of the teeth. These conditions include damage to the pulp tissues inside of the tooth due to chronic decay, fractures, and other trauma. Endodontists have acquired additional years of advanced training and knowledge beyond dental school. Their training covers both nonsurgical root canal treatments and complex surgical procedures. These specialty practices also feature the latest technologies to support successful, precise, safe, and predictable treatment.

What is root canal therapy?

This standard procedure may be the only way to preserve teeth that have sustained an injury to the pulp that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues inside the tooth. We encourage patients to consider root canal treatment similar to a filling to repair a cavity. The only difference between these treatments is root canal therapy treats parts of the tooth that extend into the nerve chamber (including the roots of the teeth). The root canal procedure involves accessing the affected tissues, removing damaged areas, and meticulously cleaning and sterilizing the treatment site. The tooth is also sealed off to protect it from bacteria and further damage.

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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 its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

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Does it hurt?

Endodontic therapies, such as root canal treatment, are often wrongly perceived as painful. The reality is that they resolve the source of the infection and discomfort. They provide lasting pain relief; they do not cause additional pain. Additionally, specialists are highly trained and equipped to ensure comfortable treatment and effectively address the root cause of persistent swelling, discomfort, and other symptoms related to decay and traumatic injuries.

What if my tooth can’t be saved?

Root canal therapy is well-established as an effective and safe method to preserve badly damaged teeth. In fact, its success rate exceeds 95%. However, there may be some situations when treatment fails and even surgical endodontic alternatives are not appropriate. Fortunately, Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center is true to its name—we offer prompt and high-quality tooth replacement with dental implants.

We also work with specialists to promote the lasting health of the treated tooth. For instance, dental crowns restore a tooth to strength following root canal treatment. A strong, crowned tooth is not vulnerable to future damage or potential loss. We also provide ongoing guidance on oral care and professional preventative services to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

We are certain you have more questions specific to your situation. We welcome them! Call our team in Santa Rosa, CA, today at (707) 868-0677.

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About Dr. Wayne Sutton

Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County, and with over 20 years of experience, his implant center maintains a standard of excellence using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions. 

Dr. Sutton completed his postgraduate studies at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and received his doctorate, three years of experience as a clinical instructor, and the coveted “Clinical Excellence Award” from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997. He also earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics and studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group.

Dr. Sutton continues to take four times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sutton is also a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.

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