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Why Do I Need a Root Canal? Elk Grove, CA
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Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

If your dentist has recently suggested root canal therapy as your next line of treatment, you may be wondering how your tooth got to this point or why a root canal is better than just removing your aching tooth? It is important that you realize the value of this specialized and time-tested endodontic treatment. To do so, however, you’ll need to understand how a tooth issue can progress to the point of needing a root canal and why this is the procedure of choice for a painful, infected tooth.

When Decay Goes Untreated

Dental caries (cavities) begin in the outermost shell of the tooth – the crown or enamel. Usually there is no pain associated with the onset of decay. As the decay progresses, it attacks the next layer which is the dentin. At this point, the tooth may become more sensitive to temperature changes and sweets. As the decay gets closer to the pulp, where the nerve resides, the tooth becomes more sensitive. When it attacks the pulp then you have a very serious problem. Oftentimes, swelling ensues and an abscess begins to form at the root of the tooth. If this condition is not treated, the infection will progress leading to more tissue damage, acute pain, loss of the tooth and damage to the surrounding bone. At its worst, it can seriously affect your overall health.

Important Truths About Endodontic Therapy

Learning the following two facts about root canal therapy can certainly help you feel at ease about moving forward with this procedure. If you learn anything about root canals, know this:

Root canal therapy can save a tooth from extraction.

This is one of the most efficient methods of relieving the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth. It also helps relieve the swelling caused by inflammation. The damaged nerve is removed from the tooth and the opening or canal is cleaned out, ridding the area of harmful bacteria. Once the canal is sanitized, it is filled with an inert material and sealed to keep out future bacteria.

Root Canals Are Not Painful – Infected Teeth Are Painful!

Usually when the dentist mentions root canal therapy patients cringe with fear. If it is pain or discomfort that you fear about this procedure, we can put your mind at ease. Most people report root canal therapy to be no more painful than getting a dental filling. In fact, it is the infection and inflammation of the damaged nerve tissue in your tooth that causes the real pain. Once the nerves are completely removed from the tooth, the tooth itself is essentially dead and your pain is instantly relieved.

Root canal therapy, like all other procedures at Laguna West Dental Care, is done gently and efficiently using the latest in dental technology. Call today to learn more about how you can get relief from your infected tooth pain.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

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We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!