When detected soon enough, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the damage and close off the area. However, when the decay moves beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Finest City Dental removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. General dentist Dr. Nick Dovey may recommend this therapy to San Diego, CA men and women because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from extending to other teeth, which ultimately creates additional issues.
If you think you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about undergoing the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often shy away from going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of anxiety and fear. Dr. Dovey and his staff do everything they can to keep you at ease and comfortable, such as providing sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call Finest City Dental to arrange a consult with Dr. Dovey for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry.
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth might be the result of a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth, or even a physical injury. Common signs you may experience when having a tooth infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Set up an appointment at Finest City Dental as soon as you can if you notice any changes in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental treatments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Dovey. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on edge during your appointment. Several individuals opt for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. Dr. Dovey understands and empathizes with those who have dental phobias. He will try to help you make the best decision for your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Dovey will examine the innermost part of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. Next, the inner chamber will be meticulously cleaned to eliminate any remaining decay. To conclude the procedure, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your appointment. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you arrange for a follow-up appointment about six months after your procedure. During your follow-up, Dr. Dovey will examine the area to determine if the infection has been controlled and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental check-ups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain good oral health.
During your appointment, Dr. Dovey will discuss cost estimates so your treatments align with your health needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Finest City Dental accepts a number of payment methods and can assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
With developments in the dental industry, root canal therapy can be a quick, simple way to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Finest City Dental can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications later on. Call our team in San Diego, CA to schedule an appointment with general dentist Dr. Dovey to learn more about how root canal therapy can improve your oral health.