Your dental pulp is the inner tissues of the tooth that contain the nerves and blood tissues that keep your tooth alive and healthy. When this pulp becomes infected or damaged, it can cause the tooth to die and require an extraction. Dr. Leo Man, Dr. Roxanne Ramirez and Dr. Elizabeth Kim may recommend root canal therapy as an alternative treatment.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment and helps prevent the need for extraction so that you can continue to use your tooth. When you receive a root canal, our dentists will open the tooth and remove the infected, injured and decayed tissues. They will then clean the inside of the tooth and fill it with a medicated material to prevent re-infection. Finally, the tooth will be sealed and capped with a dental crown to restore its shape and protect it from sustaining further damage. This procedure can usually be completed in one or two appointments with our dentists.
Root canals are usually successful. In some cases, however, the infection may return. If this is the case, we can perform a root canal retreatment to remove the infection and restore the tooth. Root canal retreatments follow the same procedure as your original root canal.
While root canals and root canal retreatments have a reputation for being painful, advances in treatment techniques and anesthesia have made it possible for your procedure to be performed comfortably. We will review the entire procedure and discuss your sedation and comfort options with you prior to performing your treatment.
To set up a consultation with our dentists and learn more about root canal therapy in Santa Ana, California, call SA Dental today at 714-852-3140.