Root Canal Therapy in Sacramento
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation, despite being one of the most effective endodontic treatment options available. Root canals are used to cure toothache caused by issues like an infected tooth or a damaged tooth, and dramatically improve dental hygiene.
At Redford Smiles, our dentist Dr. Redford is also an experienced endodontist in Sacramento. Using advanced, minimally-invasive techniques, Dr. Redford can repair an infected or damaged tooth, and reduce the pain caused by tooth infection.
Endodontist in Sacramento
Endodontists focus on diagnosing and treating tooth pain in the interior of the tooth. Dr. Redford is an experienced endodontist, familiar with a wide variety of treatments for common issues like infected teeth, or cracked/damaged teeth.
Call Dr. Redford at (916)-565-2570 now if you are looking for an endodontist in Sacramento, or read more about root canals below!
What Causes a Root Canal?
The cause of a root canal is an infection of the pulp at the root of your tooth. The pulp contains delicate nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues. This is what what secures your tooth to your gums, and supports the enamel of the tooth.
If your pulp becomes infected, you may experience serious pain and toothaches. Without treatment, you will almost certainly lose your infected tooth.
Root canals and pulp infections are usually caused by advanced dental caries, also known as cavities. If your enamel wears away due to tooth decay, the pulp can become exposed and infected.
Root canals also treat cracked or damaged teeth. Damaged teeth may also have the pulp exposed, which can lead to infection.
What Is The Root Canal Procedure?
Dr. Redford performs simple, fast, and minimally-invasive root canal procedures. Here is a look at the process.
First, Dr. Redford will diagnose the source of your tooth pain. If the pulp is infected and treatable with a root canal, he will begin the procedure.
Next, Dr. Redford will anesthetize the area around your tooth to minimize pain and discomfort. Sedation may also be available for patients with dental anxiety. He will then place a dental dam around the infected tooth.
Using a small dental drill, Dr. Redford will make an opening in the top of the tooth. Using small, specialized dental instruments, he will then remove infected pulp from the tooth, the pulp chamber, and the root canal. He will then clean the area to ensure that it is free of infected material.
After the area has been cleaned and he removes the infected pulp and material, Dr. Redford will fill the empty cavity with a specialized rubber-like material called gutta percha. This material replaces the original pulp, reinforcing and strengthening the tooth.
Dr. Redford will bond this material into place with adhesive cement, sealing the tooth/root canal. Next, he places a temporary filling, and the initial operation is complete. Your teeth will be x-rayed, and molds may be made for the creation of a permanent dental crown.
At your next appointment, your temporary filling will be removed, and Dr. Redford will install this permanent dental crown, completing the operation. This dental crown covers and protects the entire tooth, protecting it from further damage or decay.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Root canals involve the removal of delicate tissue and enamel. They are somewhat invasive, so a bit of pain and discomfort is normal. However, Dr. Redford uses advanced numbing agents to reduce pain, so patients are usually quite comfortable throughout the procedure.
In fact, compared to the pain of a seriously infected tooth, root canals are not very painful at all. A root canal is the best way to get rid of the pain of an infected tooth, and after a day or two, you will feel much less pain.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Root Canal?
If you did not opt for sedation during your root canal, you will be able to leave Redmond Smiles as soon as your procedure is finished. If you did opt for sedation, you may need to wait a few hours for the medication to wear off.
Either way, you will recover from a root canal almost immediately. For several days, you may feel a bit of increased sensitivity in the affected tooth, but this usually resolves within a week. Inflammation is also common in the area.
Both pain and inflammation are treatable with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Within a week or two, your tooth will be feeling completely normal.
Is a Root Canal Surgery?
Technically, root canals are not considered a surgical procedure by most dentists. General anesthesia is not required, and the removal of tissue is minimal. Patients can recover within only a few hours, and resume their normal, day-to-day lives.
If Dr. Redford finds that your infected tooth will require more intensive endodontic therapy, he may refer you to a specialized endodontic surgeon in the Sacramento area. This may also be required if a previous root canal/crown has failed, and the infection continues to progress.
Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?
This myth has been floating around for nearly 100 years. The answer is an unequivocal “no.” Its source is a study performed in the 1920s, which “proved” that bacteria trapped in a root canal (known as a focal infection) could “leak” throughout the body, increasing the risk of cancer and other diseases.
However, modern research has proven this to be completely false. In fact, patients who have had endodontic treatment have been shown to have a lower risk of developing cancer, according to research by JAMA.
Put An End To The Suffering of Tooth Pain
If you’re looking for a dentist in Sacramento who can perform root canal therapy, Dr. Redford of Redford Smiles is your best bet. Whether you are suffering from a toothache, infected tooth, or a damaged tooth, Dr. Redford can help you understand the best endodontic treatment for your particular situation.
As an experienced endodontist, Dr. Redford can use root canal therapy to improve your dental hygiene, save an infected tooth, and avoid more painful and invasive procedures, such as tooth extraction or dental implantation.
So do not suffer from tooth pain. If you suspect you may need root canal therapy, come to Redford Smiles right away at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95825, or give us a call to schedule an appointment at (916) 565-2570.