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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the nerve (the living tissue inside the tooth), bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials called gutta percha, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly to replace removed tooth and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth if left untreated.

Root canal treatment is highly successful, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess/infection forms end of root tip.
  • Severe Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.  A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.  In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

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I had a really bad experience with a dentist a long time ago.... But Dr. Chon changed all that! I only have two words of my experience with Dr. Chon...."THE BOMB".

Jonathon Lopez

Quite simply, Dr. Chon is the BEST! He keeps my teeth healthy and beautiful. I've been a patient for over 10 years and I actually look forward to my office visits. He stays up with the latest dental technology, is caring and fun, and is extremely competent.

I recently had a dental problem and his office staff worked me into the schedule immediately. Not only did Dr. Chon diagnose my problem quickly but took the time to explain exactly what to do to relieve my discomfort. Dr. Chon's wonderful office staff is warm, friendly, and professional. If you're looking for a great dentist, I would highly recommend him.

Anita Miller

I never thought in a million years I would be writing a 5-star review for any dentist, but alas here I am. I had such a (literally) painful experience at my old dentist (out of state) that I would have extreme anxiety at the thought of even going to the dentist.

Dr Chon absolutely blew me away right out of the gate with how patient and caring he was. Both him and his wife were aware of my situation and did everything they could to make sure I was comfortable. For someone (like myself) who is terrified of the dentist, I was told the worst news in the world.... That I needed a root canal. I was literally brought to tears, but Dr. Chon assured me it would be okay and that I wouldn't experience any pain. Seeing in the past I got fairly extreme pain during fillings, I was in disbelief. I will never doubt Dr. Chon again. I went through the whole root canal process with NO PAIN. It would be an understatement saying that Dr. Chon has gone above and beyond for me. From wiping away my tears to letting me use his phone to listen to Pandora, he is definitely the best... I will never go anywhere else. Thank you soo much!!!

Jennifer T.

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