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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy You Can Trust in Santa Rosa

young man smiling outdoorsAt Wine Country Root Canal, we provide efficient root canal therapy and treatments to protect your dental health and restore your natural smile.  Our endodontist, Dr. Craig Anderson, understands how a toothache can be debilitating and is always ready to relieve your pain!

We enjoy crafting healthy smiles and offering you the individualized attention and compassionate treatment you deserve. We proudly serve the Santa Rosa community, and all surrounding neighborhoods. We respond promptly during emergency services. Contact us today and schedule your visit.

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What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy (RCT) is a treatment designed to eliminate severe tooth infection that extends to the center of your tooth. Infections may occur due to bacteria that enter the tooth due to decay, broken fillings, or an injury. Root canal treatment helps retain the remaining natural structure of your tooth as much as possible.

Why Your Dentist May Refer You to Our Endodontist

Your dentist may refer you to our practice because Dr. Anderson is specializes in complex root canal cases. One of the frequent issues we see is multi-rooted molars or molars with slender canals that are hard to reach. In such cases, our endodontist uses his expertise to find and clean all of the canals within the tooth and safely perform the procedure.

How to Tell if Your Root Canal is Infected

Toothache is not the only indicator of the need for a root canal. Symptoms severe enough to require a root canal include:

  • Darkening of tooth enamel
  • Swollen gums around the affected tooth
  • A small bump on the gums near the affected tooth
  • Severe toothache when putting any pressure on the area
  • Lingering sensitivity to temperatures

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

dentist pointing at screen with dental x-rayBased on the severity of your infection and symptoms, we may prescribe an antibiotic to reduce the infection before performing treatment. When it comes to dental infections, it is essential to realize that no size fits all. Every root canal differs from one patient to another, and even from one tooth to another for the same person.

RCT involves the following steps:

  1. Dr. Anderson will take x-rays and all needed imaging of the affected tooth.
  2. He will then administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and make you feel at ease during the procedure.
  3. A tiny opening is then created in the tooth to remove the infected tissue from the pulp. The pulp is the tissue inside of the tooth, holding the nerves and blood vessels.
  4. Our endodontist will then disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals.
  5. Finally, we will fill the chambers with an antibacterial material and seal it with another filling.
  6. You will need to make a final visit to our endodontist or your dentist to restore your tooth with a crown for long-lasting protection.

What Happens After My Root Canal Procedure?

The next few days after RCT, your treated tooth might still feel sensitive. Discomfort can usually be relieved using over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories. Until your crown is placed, we recommend you don’t chew on that tooth.

What Happens if I Still Have Pain After RCT?

If you pain lasts for more than a few days, Dr. Anderson will need to examine your tooth again. If an infection is discovered beyond the root tip, we might perform an apicoectomy, a minor surgical procedure to save the tooth from extraction.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

The severe pain is a result of the nerves inflamed by infection. RCT is the procedure that relieves the pain, removes the infection, and preserves the healthy part of your tooth. In most cases it will relieve your discomfort.

Is RCT a Safe Procedure?

A root canal therapy is a safe and effective procedure used to eliminate bacteria from the infected tooth roots. By removing harmful bacteria, we prevent it from infecting other teeth or entering your bloodstream. If it does, it could negatively affect your overall health and make systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease more severe.

Keep Your Smile Free from Pain

At Wine Country Root Canal, we are a compassionate team with a gentle chairside manner who enjoys creating healthy smiles. Practicing since 1995, Dr. Anderson enjoys serving Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Napa Valley, and all surrounding neighborhoods. Whether your general dentist refers you, or you contact us directly, we are ready to restore your oral health and relieve your pain. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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