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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canals in Rancho Cordova

At Scott P. Churchill, DMD, we make root canal therapy a comfortable, straight forward process. From your first consultation through the placement of your final restoration,our Rancho Cordova dentist is committed to restoring the health of your smile in a comfortable environment. 

I do the majority of root canals diagnosed in our office. If a root canal is especially difficult because I cannot locate a canal I may refer the patient to a specialist who deals with these difficult cases.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Teeth are made up of many diverse layers. Within the innermost cavity lies the dental pulp, a combination of tissue and nerves. Normally, pulp is kept safe from infection by dental enamel and dentin.

However, poor dental hygiene can increase oral bacteria, opening the door for cavities to develop. Additionally, accidental damage to teeth such as cracks and fractures can provide an entry point for bacteria to enter the inner pulp chamber and begin eat away at the tissue within the chamber. When patients are experiencing a tooth infection, they will often experience a throbbing toothache or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. In worst case scenarios, bacteria will travel down the root canals to the base of the tooth root, creating an abscess and potentially spreading bacteria to other parts of the body. 

Root canal therapy is the endodontic procedure used to remove infected tissue and bacteria from the teeth and roots to prevent serious damage to the rest of the smile. Once damaged tissue has been removed, the tooth is capped with a dental crown. 

Root Canal Therapy and Restoration in Rancho Cordova

At Scott P. Churchill, DMD, we know that the idea of undergoing a root canal can be particularly stressful. We are dedicated to providing lasting results in a comfortable environment. For nervous patients, we offer nitrous oxide as a mild sedative to help individuals relax during treatment.

Removing infected tissue is a fairly simple process. After we’ve determined that a root canal is needed, Dr. Churchill will apply local anesthesia to the tooth and create a small hole to remove the tissue. The pulp chamber is then thoroughly sterilized and filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha to ensure proper healing. We will also fill the tooth with a temporary filling so patients have full use of their smile during the recovery process. 

After about two weeks, patients return to our Rancho Cordova dental practice to receive their final restoration. Depending on your needs, this can include a dental crown or a composite filling. 

Have a Toothache? Visit our Rancho Cordova Dentist Today

While the symptoms of a tooth infection are easy to overlook, getting appropriate care as soon as possible is critical to maintaining a healthy, functional smile. At our Rancho Cordova practice, Dr. Churchill and his team offer comprehensive endodontics and restorative treatments to help all patients reach a healthier smile. To learn more, contact our team today.