root canals

Root Canals

root canalsScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that entails removing the nerve and tissue, known as the pulp, from inside a tooth’s root when it becomes infected or damaged. Once the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly sanitized, and then filled with a permanent material to stabilize the tooth’s root. The final step typically involves placing a permanent dental crown on the top of the tooth to strengthen it.

Why would I need a root canal?

If a tooth has significant decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth, it can cause an infection. An infected tooth also referred to as an abscessed tooth can cause significant pain, especially when eating or drinking cold substances. Sometimes trauma to a tooth can cause the tooth’s nerve to die. Although this may not cause any pain, the tooth may become discolored and brittle.

What are the benefits of saving the natural tooth with root canal therapy?

  • It lasts: There are many clinical reasons for needing root canal treatment, but there are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
  • It’s not what you think: Root canal treatment is virtually painless and often leaves you with less discomfort during recovery than if you have your natural tooth extracted. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted.
  • It isn’t expensive: Replacing a tooth after it has been extracted is as much, if not more, than the cost of a root canal. And, while tooth replacement is essential, nothing is quite as good as keeping what you’ve got in the first place.
  • It looks great, and it’s yours: A tooth that has been treated with a root canal will be topped with a dental crown. Crowns not only function like natural teeth; they look great, too. Improve your smile and laugh out loud again with root canal treatment.

What to expect for a root canal procedure

Think of a root canal as getting a deep filling within your tooth. Your tooth will be made numb so that you do not feel anything throughout your procedure. We begin by accessing the inside of the tooth and removing any decay or damaged areas. The pulp is removed by using specialized instruments designed specifically for accessing the chamber (inside) of the root. We cleanse the chamber, and then fill it with a permanent filling. The last step is to place a permanent crown over the tooth, which may require another visit or two.

If you are nervous about your root canal procedure, ask about nitrous oxide, a form of sedation dentistry to help you feel calm and relaxed during your appointment.

Root Canals in Scotts Valley

To schedule a consultation, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.