Dr. Harry Albers and his team have extensive experience performing root canals in Santa Rosa.
Despite its reputation for being painful, the root canal procedure is a relatively painless procedure performed under local anesthesia in Dr. Albers’ office. A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Albers or his associate will remove the nerve and pulp from the center of the tooth, then clean and seal it.
When the nerve tissue is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. Without treatment, the bacteria and other decayed debris creates an infection, which can then spread past the ends of the tooth roots to form an abscess, or pus-filled pocket. An infection in the root canal of a tooth can also lead to swelling on the face, neck, or head, and bone loss and drainage problems around the tooth root.
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure.
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed).
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth.
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums.
- Throbbing pain at night when you lay down to sleep.
We will then drill an exterior access hole into the tooth, and use a series root canal files to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue and related debris from the tooth. Water or sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to flush away the debris.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, we may seal the tooth straight away, or wait a week, depending on your needs. When we don’t complete root canals in Santa Rosa in the same appointment, we will place a temporary filling in the tooth’s exterior access hole. This keeps out contaminants – such as saliva and food – between appointments. At the next appointment, the interior of the tooth is sealed and a filling is placed in the exterior hole.
The final step may involve further restoration of the tooth. Because a tooth that needs a root canal has often been weakened by a large filling or extensive decay, a crown or other restoration may need to be placed on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function. Teeth with lots of tooth loss will have a post placed in them to anchor the crown and strength the week tooth. We will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.
Until your root canal procedure is completely finished, with the permanent filling and/or crown in in place, you should minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. This will help avoid recontaminating the tooth’s interior and may also prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth can be fully restored.
What’s more, because a root canal procedure is completed with a restoration such as a crown or a filling, it won’t be obvious to others that a root canal was performed. No one will be able to tell a tooth has a root canal other than your dentist.
To learn more about root canals in Santa Rosa, please phone our offices on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today.