Root Canal

Tooth decay, injury, infection, and other factors can all lead to the inner part of a tooth becoming compromised. When this happens, a patient will need timely treatment to prevent further developments. That is the purpose of our root canal treatments, restoring a patient’s health and saving a tooth that has been put at risk. Contact Smile Studio Fontana today to learn if you may need this procedure and how it can provide both symptom relief and protection for your teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a routine dental procedure used to treat infection or decay of the root of a tooth. During this treatment, a dentist will remove the infected root material and then fill and seal the root canal with an inert material. This process prevents further damage to the root while restoring structural integrity to your tooth. At our office in Fontana, we offer root canal treatments with the latest techniques and technologies to ensure a comfortable experience with results that last. One treatment at a time, we help patients understand that this routine procedure is nothing to be frightened of. Instead, it works to preserve your health while alleviating the painful symptoms associated with infection and decay.

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Getting a Root Canal: What Is the Treatment Like?

When you arrive at our office in Fontana for your root canal treatment, we will first take a series of X-rays to identify the exact root of the issue. Then, your dentist will use an anesthetic to numb the area and drill into the root of the tooth to remove any infected or decayed material. After that, they will fill and seal the root canal with an inert material to protect it from further damage. Finally, your dentist may place a crown or other restoration material over the tooth to restore its appearance and strength.
The root canal procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the issue. You may require more than one visit to our office to complete the root canal, and you may need to take antibiotics before and after your root canal treatment.
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Benefits of a Root Canal

Getting a root canal in Fontana can provide you with lasting relief from tooth pain and discomfort. After the root canal has been completed, most patients report feeling improved comfort and less sensitivity that lasts for years to come. Additionally, root canal treatment helps restore structural integrity to your tooth, allowing you to eat and speak normally again without worrying about further damage to the tooth or your smile. But most importantly, this treatment stops the infection or decay from presenting a continued risk to your dental and overall health. However, after the treatment, it is up to the patient to maintain a health dental hygiene routine, which includes routine dental checkups.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

If you find yourself currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need root canal treatment:
  • Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Swelling and tenderness around the affected area
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Draining or pus around the affected area
As soon as you notice any of the above symptoms, we recommend calling our dental office. The sooner you have an expert diagnose and treat your root canal, the better the outcome can be. Do not wait, as the infected part of the tooth can not only put the tooth at risk, but other parts of your body as well.

How Long Does a Root Canal Last?

When performed correctly, the results of a root canal treatment can last for many years. To ensure your root canal remains successful, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Together, these practices help patients stay on top of their dental health, catching any issues before they can become larger oral health problems. It also is important to follow your aftercare instructions carefully to ensure the success of your root canal treatment. While failed root canals are uncommon, they can still occur in some cases.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you find yourself experiencing any of the signs that may indicate root canal treatment, do not hesitate to contact Smile Studio Dentistry Fontana. Our knowledgeable and experienced dental team can diagnose and treat your root canal quickly and effectively. Contact us today to learn more about our root canal treatment in Fontana or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you keep your teeth and smile in healthy shape.
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