When you need a root canal, look no further than South S Family Dental Care's endodontics in Livermore.
At South S Family Dental Care, our specialists are highly trained in endodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with disease and injury of the soft tissue inside a tooth, known as dental pulp. When you have extensive damage, tooth extraction isn’t always the answer. To preserve your tooth, you may need a root canal. We’re here to help.
When cavities (decayed parts of the tooth) are left untreated for extended periods of time, this decay can reach deeper and deeper into the tooth, causing extensive damage to the very structure of the tooth.
When the damage is too severe to be fixed by a filling, your Livermore dentist may perform a root canal. This is a procedure where the pulp is removed from the central part of the tooth, then the canal is reshaped, and replaced with strengthening filler to help preserve your tooth for years to come.
While root canals are a highly specialized procedure, they are not major surgery. Here’s a breakdown of the process:
To start off the procedure, the patient is given a local anesthetic, and a dental dam is used to isolate the tooth. Once fully numbed, the tooth is opened up to allow for removal of any infected or dead dental pulp, then extensively cleaned down to each tiny crevice. Using special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals. Then, the tooth is filled again with cutting-edge, biocompatible filling material.
Lastly, to ensure nothing gets into the tooth, a temporary covering is used to cover the access opening. Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.
If you’ve experienced the following, you may need a root canal:
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment.
Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
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