Our Yuba City family dentists believe that a patient’s natural teeth are always worth saving whenever possible. Even the best technology cannot replace the synergetic support that the teeth provide the jawbone and vice versa. So when one of your teeth becomes seriously infected, the Yuba City Dentistry Group generally recommends root canal therapy to save that tooth.
What is a Root Canal Procedure?
A “root canal” is a very common dental procedure where the dentist removes diseased tooth pulp from the infected tooth, cleans the canals inside the tooth and then seals it to prevent reinfection. While it’s sometimes uncomfortable to hear the phrase “root canal,” not only because you may be in pain, and because of fear of the dental chair, the procedure is a “tooth saver,” not something you should fear. But we understand the anxiety that can come with any dental procedure and our dentists do their best to put you at ease. Sedation or “sleep dentistry” can take anxiety completely out of the situation by putting you at rest during the entire treatment. You sit in the chair and fall asleep and later wake up and the job is already done!
Why Get a “Root Canal”?
The Yuba City Dentistry Group recommends root canal procedures for deep cavities, severely infected teeth, broken or cracked teeth and when there is significant trauma. A crown is usually used after root canal therapy to reinforce the tooth and keep it strong. All of your options and costs are clearly and honestly discussed with you before our office begins any procedure. We even assist you with insurance coverage questions and concerns.
So the most important thing to remember is: if you are suffering from toothache, don’t ignore it! Toothache pain does not go away on it’s own! When our professionals treat an infected tooth quickly, we save not only our patients’ teeth, but often their money too. Untreated infections result in more pain, swelling and even further complications, like preventable tooth loss. Save your smile for years to come and avoid the extra costs of replacing a missing or extracted tooth. For more information about root canal therapy, look at our article “Root Canal Questions and Answers” or call us today for an exam and consultation.