If the inner tissues, or dental pulp, of your tooth are infected or damaged, our dentist may recommend endodontic treatment. Endodontics is a field of dental specialty that deals with diagnosing and treating problems involving the inner tissues and nerves of the tooth and tooth roots. The most common endodontic treatment is root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment recommended when infection, decay or other damage reach past the outer layer of enamel and deep into the dental pulp. This type of damage can cause the tooth to die and make it necessary to perform a tooth extraction. Root canal treatment prevents the need for an extraction and allows you to continue using your tooth.
When you receive a root canal, our dentist will open up the tooth and remove infected and injured tissues. He will then clean the tooth and fill it with a medicated material to prevent reinfection. The tooth will then be capped with a temporary crown prior to the placement of a permanent, custom-made dental crown that will restore the original strength, shape and structure of the tooth. In most cases, root canal treatments can be completed in just one or two visits.
While root canals have a reputation as a painful treatment, advances in dentistry have made it possible to perform your treatment in comfort. Our dentist uses advanced treatment techniques as well as anesthetic and sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort.
If you have any questions about root canal therapy in San Bernardino, California, and if you want to set up an appointment with Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt, please contact Arrowhead Family Dentistry today at 909-889-3300.