Formosa Dental Arts
Alexander Chang, DDS

Root Canal Treatment

We can see the dread in our patients’ faces when we say the two dreaded words, “root canal.”

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful, unpleasant experience. The reality, however, is quite different. Root canal therapy relieves the pain and symptoms of an infected tooth, and its goal is to save your tooth from extraction. When the infection is properly treated using root canal therapy, it can eliminate your pain and extend the life of your natural tooth.

Benefits of Choosing Root Canal Therapy

Patients often wonder why they should make such heroic attempts to save a troubled tooth. After all, an extraction seems much less complicated, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Tooth loss begins a chain reaction with your oral health that can place your other teeth, jaw, and comfort at risk. Tooth loss often leads to bone loss, called resorption. Resorption can put the very foundation of your teeth at risk and cause additional tooth loss, shifting of your bite, and jaw displacement.

By choosing root canal therapy and the proper restorative procedure, you can save your natural tooth, which is often the best option for your health and your budget.

How Root Canal Treatment Works

Root canal treatment begins by making sure you are completely comfortable. Dr. Chang expertly administers the correct dosage of anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort during treatment. If you have any anxiety regarding your root canal procedure, talk to us about sedation dentistry to make treatment a completely painless and anxiety-free process.

Dr. Chang will create access to the canal of your tooth and gently remove any infection and diseased tissue. At Formosa Dental Arts, we use an innovative technique made possible by DentsPly’s WaveOne system. WaveOne uses technology to precisely clean out your root canal more efficiently and reduce the risk of damaging your tooth structure. It provides the most comfortable root canal experience available.

Once Dr. Chang removes the infection and damaged tissue from your root’s canal, he will fill the canal and place medication to assist with healing. Finally, he will place a temporary restoration to protect your tooth during the healing process.

Post-Root Canal Treatment

After your initial treatment, your body’s natural ability to heal will take over. While you may feel some sensitivity for a few days, it will subside quickly, and within a few days, you should feel completely normal.

In order to protect your tooth, Dr. Chang will recommend a restoration – often a dental crown – to stabilize your tooth and prevent damage.

Contact Us to Learn More about Painless Root Canals

Contact our Irvine, CA dental office to learn more about how a root canal can save your tooth and protect your smile!

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