Root canal therapy is nothing to fear! Painless RCT relieves toothaches and restores damaged teeth
At Hoover Dental Center, we are as adept at treating 2-year-olds as we are at caring for the health of their 60-year-old grandparents’ smiles! Led by Dr. Hee Jee Yoon, our team’s relationship-based approach to dentistry helps to prevent threats to the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. These threats include tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. We check for early-stage enamel erosion or gum inflammation and other problems during routine appointments. As needed, we recommend interventions to treat the underlying condition promptly. Some interventions may be the only way to preserve badly damaged teeth.
Root canal therapy
The term “root canal” inspires dread. However, this standard dental procedure is safe, quickly resolves pain caused by deep decay, and prevents the need for dental extractions to remove a severely infected tooth. With the use of precision techniques and a numbing anesthetic and relaxing sedation (as needed), patients do not feel anything throughout the process of treating their aching tooth. If anything, patients with deep infections or damage affecting the center of their tooth wish they had contacted us sooner about RCT.
Notably, the sooner you reach out to us, the greater the odds that Dr. Yoon will be able to “save” your tooth. As disease or decay progresses, more invasive and less conservative therapies are required to resolve toothaches and other symptoms and restore the natural tissues’ health and structure.
RCT generally involves accessing the tooth as a nonsurgical “endodontic” procedure designed to treat the innermost tooth tissues. This step also helps to relieve uncomfortable pressure. Again, all treatment is performed on a numbed tooth. So, it is well tolerated by patients and does not produce pain. The diseased or damaged tissues are removed. Once a tooth has fully matured, it no longer requires nourishment from pulp tissue.
The root canals that surround the pulp (and extend into the roots that stabilize the teeth) are further cleaned or sterilized, and then they are reshaped to be filled and sealed off with a safe gutta-percha material. Typically, we recommend prompt restoration of the treatment site as soon as possible. This restorative step usually involves the placement of a dental crown to restore the strength of the tooth and prevent reinfection. The procedure has a very high success rate and is a proven effective and safe way to maintain a complete, healthy smile. With prompt care, we can help you, and your loved ones avoid tooth loss and even the need for treatments such as root canal therapy followed by a dental crown. Call Hoover Dental Center without delay at (213) 725-2898 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoon.