Sometimes, a tooth suffers serious damage or infection and the best treatment is a root canal. A root canal might sound scary, but it’s an extremely common dental procedure that can help improve your oral health. Adwen P. Yap, DDS, is a skilled dentist who regularly performs root canals at his practice in Moreno Valley, California. If you need a root canal, trust your mouth to Dr. Yap. Call the office or request a consultation online today to learn more.
A root canal is a treatment that can help save an infected or damaged tooth. It’s called a root canal because the procedure involves cleaning the infection out of the tooth’s root and pulp chamber. Root canals are a popular option to treat infection and severe decay because the procedure helps save your natural tooth and eliminates pain.
During a root canal, Dr. Yap cleans out the inflamed or infected pulp and disinfects the inside of the tooth. After he seals it off, your tooth is protected from further deterioration.
With today’s technology, getting a root canal is not a painful procedure. Dr. Yap uses a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and the latest dental instruments are minimally invasive, which means you’ll likely have very little downtime after treatment.
Teeth are made of three main components: enamel on the surface, dentin below the enamel, and pulp in the center. The tooth pulp is soft and it has nerves, blood vessels, and tissue that keeps your tooth alive as it grows.
Damage or decay can cause the pulp or root to get infected. You might have an infection if you notice:
Saving your natural tooth with a root canal improves your overall oral health. Keeping your natural tooth allows you to continue biting and chewing normally, and your smile retains its natural appearance.
Most root canals take one to two office visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Yap examines your tooth and may take X-rays to complete his diagnosis. Root canal treatment takes place on your second visit. A typical root canal takes about 90 minutes from start to finish.
Dr. Yap applies local anesthetic during a root canal, so treatment is no more uncomfortable than any other routine dental procedure. He gently removes infection and disinfects the tooth root and pulp chamber. He seals area to prevent infection from developing in the future. If necessary, he can apply a dental crown to strengthen the tooth.
You may experience mild discomfort after the anesthetic wears off, but this should disappear in just a few days. Most patients return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
With effective and convenient root canal treatment, you can eliminate tooth pain and save your natural tooth. Make an appointment with Dr. Yap for an exam and find out what treatment might be right for you. Call the office or book online.