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Endodontic therapy is an effective way to preserve dying, damaged, and abscessing teeth. As one of the dentists best known for relaxing, pain-free treatment, Dr. Sutton provides comprehensive root canals in Santa Rosa in an extremely comfortable atmosphere.
Why do I Need a Root Canal?
When trauma, bacteria, or decay affect the pulp (nerve) of a tooth, it ultimately leads to tooth death. Over time the tooth will begin to darken and deteriorate. If caught early enough, the inside of the nerve chamber can be restored to preserve the tooth overall.
You may need a root canal if your tooth is:
- Severely decayed
- Visibly abscessed
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is similar to a dental filling. The only difference is that it extends into the nerve chamber, which includes the root of the tooth. During the appointment, the nerve tissues inside of the tooth are removed and the hollow chamber is thoroughly cleaned. Then a special filling material is placed down into the opening to seal out bacteria. Once endodontic therapy is complete, the tooth is no longer vital or susceptible to pain.
After your treatment is complete, we will want to protect the tooth with a porcelain crown. Otherwise, the non-vital tooth structure could start to wear down prematurely. A crown will ensure normal biting strength while maintaining optimal aesthetics.
Ensuring Your Comfort, Relieving Tooth Pain
Endodontic therapy treats the source of infection and discomfort. Completing your root canal with Dr. Sutton is a straightforward, comfortable procedure thanks to our state-of-the-art technology and sedation options.
Toothaches are typically associated with swelling or nerve infections. Root canal treatment addresses both of these at their source. Should you have a significant abscess, Dr. Sutton can take additional steps to minimize inflammation and assure a better response to local anesthetic during your appointment. Your comfort is extremely important to us.
Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment
The only viable alternative to getting a root canal is to have the tooth extracted. Typically, we only recommend having a tooth removed if it’s non-restorable. But dental extractions require additional steps to preserve overall oral health, including tooth replacement. In the best-case scenario, the standard of care is to repair the natural tooth.
Get a Professional Opinion
Looking for the gentlest root canal experience in Santa Rosa? Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center is one of the only practices in the area to offer multiple sedation options and have a sedation dentist on staff.
Saving your smile should be an enjoyable experience. Dr. Sutton is sought out by hundreds of new patients each year due to his compassionate approach and extensive cosmetic knowledge. Contact our office today to reserve a one-on-one consultation.
(All photos of actual patients)