Root canals provide a safe and effective way to restore an infected tooth’s health and function. At Ontario Chino Dental Center, cosmetic, family, and general dentist Krupakar "Reddy" Yeturu, DDS, boasts years of experience performing root canals. Using advanced tools and local anesthetics, the process is quick, convenient, and virtually pain-free. To make an appointment at the practice in Ontario, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
A root canal treats damaged or infected tooth pulp — a soft substance that contains nerves and connective tissue. Pulp provides your teeth with nutrition, but it isn’t necessary for their long-term survival. Removing the infected pulp reduces the risk of further complications and prevents the need for an extraction.
Ontario Chino Dental Center uses root canals to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp. Some of the factors known to cause pulp damage include:
Pulp-related problems don’t always present symptoms in their early stages, but if you experience swelling, increased tooth sensitivity, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact Ontario Chino Dental Center right away.
At Ontario Chino Dental Center, root canals take two appointments about a week apart.
Before recommending root canal therapy, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays to assess your tooth. If they determine the pulp requires removal, they administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth.
When the anesthesia sets in, your provider carefully removes your tooth pulp. Then, they rinse the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution and fill it with a material called gutta-percha. When the gutta-percha dries, your provider takes a series of high-resolution digital impressions with an intraoral scanner. Then, they bond a temporary crown to your tooth.
Your provider sends your digital impressions to a dental laboratory. The technicians at the lab use your impressions to design and manufacture a permanent dental crown.
About a week later, when the laboratory completes your permanent crown, you return to Ontario Chino Dental Center. Your provider once again administers a local anesthetic, removes your temporary crown, and bonds the permanent one in its place.
Following a root canal, many people experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. If the discomfort affects your quality of life, take over-the-counter pain medication or apply an ice pack to your cheek. Eat only soft foods like soup or scrambled eggs for the first 24-48 hours. Continue to brush and floss, but be careful around the new crown.
To explore the benefits of root canals, make an appointment at Ontario Chino Dental Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.