Gentle root canal therapy in one visit
Dr. Aguilar is very experienced with root canal therapy. This procedure is needed when the pulp in the center and in the canals of the tooth become infected or damaged from bacteria or an injury, such as a fracture or other trauma. Inflamed pulp can also cause a lot of pain. Dr. Aguilar performs gentle root canal therapy to stop the infection and save the tooth.
What is a root canal?
The root canal is a narrow channel inside the tooth containing pulp. The canal is connected to the pulp cavity, which also contains the pulp material. Some teeth have only one canal; others can have more than one. Pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that provide nourishment to the tooth.
Our root canal procedure
When Dr. Aguilar performs root canal therapy, he will first numb the tooth. He is very gentle with his injections, taking his time for your comfort. He then creates an opening in the top of the tooth to reach the pulp cavity and root canal inside. Using a rotary instrument, he is able to remove the pulp, including any that is infected. The rotary tool makes the therapy faster and more comfortable for the patient. The pulp material is then replaced with a biocompatible material. The last step is to create a crown to cap the tooth if one is needed.
Often after root canal therapy, a crown will be needed to restore the tooth. Using CEREC CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Aguilar can completely design and create your crown right in his office during the same visit. You will be able to go home with the infection eliminated and a beautiful, natural-looking crown.
Signs of needing a root canal
There can be several signs that you might need root canal therapy. You should contact Dr. Aguilar if you see or feel any of these symptoms:
- Pain and swelling around the tooth
- There is an abscess on the gums around the tooth
- You experience extreme sensitivity in the tooth to heat or cold, and it continues for several seconds
- You experience pain when you bite down on a tooth
Dr. Aguilar can tell you whether any of these symptoms mean that you have an infection or damage to the pulp in your tooth. If so, in order to save the tooth, you will need root canal therapy. You can trust that Dr. Aguilar’s gentle manner and professional skills will have you feeling better in no time.
New Patient Special Offer Free Exam, X-rays & Consultation
If you are wondering whether you need a root canal, or if you would like a second opinion after being diagnosed by another dentist, you could take advantage of Dr. Aguilar’s Complimentary Consultation. This would include the following:
- Comprehensive Exam
- Digital X-rays
- External and intraoral photos
- Consultation with Dr. Aguilar
- Smile evaluation
- Oral cancer screening
- TMJ and bite alignment check
- Discuss your options
- Get your questions answered
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.