Root Canal Therapy

Dentist Serving Encinitas, CA

Root canal therapy is a crucial dental procedure aimed at saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed due to infection or decay. At Encinitas Dental Art, we perform this treatment with the utmost care and precision, ensuring people can retain their natural teeth, avoiding the need for implants or bridges.

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

At the heart of each tooth is the pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and facilitate its development. When the pulp becomes infected due to decay, trauma, or repeated dental procedures, root canal therapy becomes necessary to save the tooth and alleviate pain.

Symptoms indicating the need for a root canal may include:

  • Visible injury or swelling around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain in the tooth or surrounding gums

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, our team at Encinitas Dental Art will likely recommend root canal therapy to remove the diseased pulp, thereby preserving your tooth and your smile.

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The Root Canal Procedure

Root canal therapy involves several steps, carried out with your comfort and dental health as our top priorities:

  1. Accessing the Pulp: A small opening is made in the tooth to access the infected pulp.
  2. Removing Infected Material: The pulp, along with the nerve and any infected tissue, is carefully removed.
  3. Cleaning and Sealing: The root canals are meticulously cleaned and disinfected before being sealed with a biocompatible material to prevent re-infection.
  4. Strengthening the Tooth: Because a tooth without its nerve can become more fragile, a crown is often recommended to provide additional protection and support.

This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, making it virtually painless. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is also available to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. Depending on the complexity of the case, the treatment may require one or more visits.

After Your Root Canal Therapy

Following the procedure, we will discuss the best restoration option to protect and strengthen your tooth. A custom-fitted crown is commonly used to restore the tooth to its full functionality and appearance. It’s rare for patients to encounter complications after root canal therapy; however, our team is always available to address any concerns that may arise.

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The cost of root canal therapy can vary depending on the severity of the tooth’s condition and which tooth is affected. Nevertheless, root canal therapy is generally more cost-effective than the alternative of extracting and replacing the tooth with an artificial substitute.

Choose Encinitas Dental Art for Your Root Canal Needs

At Encinitas Dental Art, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care in a welcoming and compassionate environment. Our experienced team uses the latest techniques and technology to ensure the best outcomes for your root canal therapy, helping you maintain your natural teeth for as long as possible.

If you believe you may need root canal therapy or have been experiencing dental discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us help you preserve your smile and your oral health with expert care and cutting-edge treatment options.

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