A Smooth And Easy Root Canal In Tustin, CA
A Smooth And Easy Root Canal In Tustin, CA
Endodontics, Tustin, California
Without proper care of your teeth—brushing twice and flossing once daily and attending frequent dental cleanings at least every 6 months—an infection can spread through your tooth and create a terrible, painful toothache. When this happens, you might need a root canal. While root canals may not sound like one of the most fun procedures, modern dentistry has come a long way in making the process quick, easy, and painless. And our Gold Coast Dental Tustin endodontists do our best to make sure you never feel a moment of discomfort in the dental chair.
When you're suffering from acute cavity pain, call on us to assist you. Our root canal procedures are second to none here in Tustin, and our superior staff of dental professionals have years of experience under our belts to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. With us at the helm, you're really getting the best of the best. We're here to help you, no matter the dental emergency. Call us at (714) 795-3865 to see why we're a cut above the rest!"
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Our endodontic staff is committed to ensuring your root canal procedure is always smooth and painless
- First, we’ll perform a comprehensive exam of your tooth to precisely identify the scope and severity of your dental infection. We’ll use a series of X-rays and scans to ensure we never miss a detail. Using these exams, we’ll craft a treatment plan tailored to your smile - taking into account how many canals need to be treated, how many appointments are required to complete your treatment, and the type of reinforcement the tooth will need.
- Once we’ve planned your procedure specific to your needs, we’ll numb your tooth with our strong local anesthetic to ensure you never feel any pain or discomfort throughout your procedure. When your tooth is fully numbed, we’ll create an opening in your tooth through the outer enamel layer, which will help us remove the decayed dental tissue and allow us to access the inflamed and infected pulp.
- We’ll then disinfect and rinse out the inner tooth, killing any bacteria and clearing any debris attacking your tooth. Your infected pulp will be removed from one or more canals, ensuring you only have healthy and undamaged tissue available. With your tooth clean and healthy again, we’ll fill and restore your tooth with a mix of gutta-percha, dental filling, or a crown to keep the structure and strength of your tooth intact.
- In many cases, a second visit is needed, so the filling and crown used are only temporary. When you come in for your final appointment, we will replace your filling or crown with a permanent one. Our endodontists will make any adjustments necessary to ensure that your bite is perfectly restored and feels natural.
We're The Ultimate In Tooth Nerve Pain Relief!
The end of your root canal troubles are just around the corner with us on your side!
When you notice the first signs of a cavity, it's already time for you to seek professional treatment. With the elite Gold Coast Dental Tustin team in charge, you have nothing to worry about! Our top-quality dental professionals know exactly what it takes to put a stop to tooth infections, and our root canal procedure is unmatched. You'll feel right at home in our luxury offices, which are equipped with the latest technologies and techniques to make getting your root canal fast, easy, and pain-free.
Signs Of Root Canal Infection
What to be on the lookout for with your tooth
When your tooth first becomes infected with bacteria and decay, there are more signs than just a toothache. Even before a root canal may be necessary, your tooth may be telling you it's time to see your dentist at Gold Coast Dental Tustin for treatment. Here are some signs that your tooth infection has reached the point that a root canal is necessary:
tooth darkening and discoloration, spontaneous bursts or lingering tooth pain, sensitivity when biting or pressing on your tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling of the mouth (bumps on gums, facial swelling, etc.), persistent bad breath and taste in your mouth, or tooth abscess formation or pus discharge. Are you experiencing any
of the above warning signs? Then see us immediately for an emergency consultation! Your tooth's poor health can't be fixed with simple brushing and flossing anymore and may need urgent treatment, or else the situation will only get worse. Give our Tustin office a call at (714) 795-3865 right away to schedule an appointment.
Do root canals hurt?
While more involved, getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a standard dental filling procedure. Our Tustin dentists are determined to give our patients a stress- and pain-free experience, no matter the treatment. We will give you safe and powerful local anesthetic to completely numb your tooth, ensuring you won't feel a thing throughout the process.
How long does a root canal take?
The length of the root canal process depends on the number of roots targeted. This often depends on the location of the tooth as front teeth often have only a single root, while back molars have 2 or 3. On average, however, a root canal appointment takes about 60 to 90 minutes. A second appointment is often needed for patients who need a dental crown as a permanent crown will need to be placed, replacing the temporary one you get at the end of your first appointment.
Should I get a root canal or extraction?
At Gold Coast Dental Tustin, it's always our wish to preserve your tooth whenever possible. If a tooth infection hasn't progressed far enough and the tooth can be saved with a root canal, then always choose a root canal over a dental extraction. A natural tooth is stronger and healthier for your overall smile than even the best replacement prosthetics, and they hopefully can last you much longer with great care and attention. Generally, a tooth extraction is a last resort to prevent further pain and infection from spreading throughout your mouth.
How much does a root canal and crown cost?
Your total crown and root canal cost depends on a variety of factors, including the number of roots to be treated, the location of the teeth, and the type of crown you'll be using. For crowns, the price typically reflects both the longevity of your tooth restoration and its look. For example, metal crowns cost less than porcelain crowns because, while long-lasting, they don't blend in naturally with the rest of your smile. Dental insurance often partially covers both root canals and crowns. If you need financing advice, you can call our Tustin dental office at (714) 795-3865 to schedule a consultation with our dentists.
When can a tooth not be saved?
A tooth typically can't be saved in 1 of 3 situations. The tooth can become infected and damaged enough from a cavity that the tooth dies. Gum disease may so badly attack the gum tissues and bones keeping your teeth rooted in place that they will fall out on their own. Or the tooth has experienced severe trauma and can't be repaired. In certain cases with cavities and dental trauma, a root canal treatment can restore the tooth if the damage isn't extensive.
How can you naturally save your teeth?
The best way to save your smile and avoid needing a root canal is practicing excellent oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day, watching and managing your diet, and visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam are all great ways to prevent cavities and gum disease as well as other major dental health problems. Once a cavity forms, however, you won't be able to treat your teeth on your own, and a trip to our Tustin office for a filling, root canal, or crown will be needed.
What Is A Root Canal?
The ins and outs of your root canal procedure.
A root canal is a dental emergency procedure most often used to save a tooth from deep-seated cavities or dental trauma and breaks before a tooth extraction is needed. While many general dentists perform root canals, the procedure is often in the best hands with an endodontist. Endodontists specialize in treating tooth and root pain, and they have an exhaustive knowledge of the sensitive dental pulp at the center of your teeth. As pulp is the hub keeping your tooth alive, endodontists are especially great at saving your tooth with a root canal. Here at Gold Coast Dental Tustin, our team of endodontists give you an amazing, painless experience with our root canal procedures. The entire root canal process is relatively simple. After taking comprehensive x-rays of your tooth so we can zero in on the extent of your root canal infection, we'll apply local anesthesia to numb the affected area—both the infected tooth and the surrounding teeth and the gums. Once administered, we can get to the root canal itself.
Your cavity will already have drilled its own pit into your tooth to breach the surface and fester below in the dental pulp. We'll follow into that hole to carefully and gently remove the decayed tooth tissue, pulp, and nerves to clear your smile of infection. In many cases, we'll have to remove two or more canals in your tooth if the cavity spreads throughout the full tooth. Then, we'll disinfect the tooth of any remaining bacteria and fill your tooth back up to prevent it from staying hollow and vulnerable. Finally, the tooth will be sealed and reinforced with either a filling or dental crown to prevent future infection. For crowns, a temporary cap will be placed on the tooth, and a permanent crown will be placed later during a second visit to our dental office. Overall, the entire process usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes across one or two visits, and it's surprisingly pain-free for patients who've had less than stellar experiences with other dental offices. Want to book an appointment with our first-rate endodontic team? Don't hesitate to contact our Tustin office at (714) 795-3865 today!
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