A Temecula Dentist Can Expertly Perform a Root Canal Procedure
Restore your gorgeous smile at Lakefront Family Dentistry with a single-visit treatment for a root canal. Root canal infections require professional treatment and remove diseased tissue and infected nerves from inside the tooth.
Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, has a reputation throughout Riverside County as a top-notch cosmetic dentist, transforming patients’ smiles for 20 years. Contact Jodi or Carla at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!
after crowns are seated on both teeth and are abscess and pain free for life
Defining the Root Canal Procedure
A root canal, according to WebMd, is a treatment used to save or repair a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.
Root canal procedures are usually performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal, the pulp and the nerve are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Symptoms that Point to the Need of a Root Canal
Here are some possible symptoms that may indicate the need of a root canal.
- Gums with discomfort, inflammation or swelling
- Lymph node swelling or tenderness under the jaw
- Mouth abscess
- Pus discharge found around affected or sore area
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum throbbing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold for a prolonged period of time
- Bad breath
- Trauma resulting in nerve exposure
Root Canal Treatments Help Alleviate Oral Infections
Infectious microorganisms can enter the mouth through damage caused by cavities, cracks in enamel and extensive tooth decay. Once the bacteria enter, they move through the canal and to the jawbone, causing damage to the pulp, which is the area in the center of the tooth.
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Hauser ensures maximum comfort by administering a local anesthetic to numb the target area. Patients are also reassured by his highly trained staff, which includes Patti Jolly, one of only three Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Function, Expanded Duties Level II, in California. Suzi is a comforting, highly skilled Dental Assistant who helps Dr. Hauser and Ms. Jolly to prevent saliva or other debris from getting into he exposed areas by keeping it dry as possible.
By looking at digital x-rays taken before the procedure, Dr. Hauser locates the area(s) of infection. Most teeth have one or two canals; however, a root canal molar may have up to four, depending on the patient’s mouth structure.
It’s Important to Contact an Experienced Dentist for Root Canal Therapy
Here are the steps to root canal therapy:
- A small opening is made on the enamel’s surface that gives access to infected roots and nerves.
- The entire nerve, along with all infectious bacteria, is removed with small dental files.
- Sealant materials and medication are used to restore structure and to prevent re-infection.
- The tooth is prepared for a permanent dental restoration.
Lakefront Dentistry Offers Several Cosmetic Treatment Options
There are several restorative options at Lakefront Family Dentistry, including CEREC porcelain crowns, veneers, bridges and white fillings.
Lakefront Family Dentistry offers patients the breakthrough technology of Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC). With this system, Dr. Hauser is able to create flawless porcelain crowns and veneers in just one visit. Only 7.5 percent of dentists nationwide own this in-house CEREC laboratory. New porcelain veneers and crowns can last 10 years or longer and are custom colored to match your natural teeth.
Dr. Hauser also offers his patients white fillings made of a composite material that is custom colored to match your natural tooth. This option is recommended to restore teeth with minimal decay and loss of structure. Good candidates for white composite fillings have structurally sound molars.
A Root Canal Treatment Can Prevent Serious Medical Conditions
If a bacterial infection is left untreated, it can spread to the mouth and to the body. Without proper treatment, a tooth extraction will need to be performed, which could compromise the performance and structure of remaining teeth.
The extracted tooth will then need to be replaced with an implant, bridge or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from moving. Alternative methods are more expensive and require more maintenance than a root canal.
Make an Appointment to See Dr. Hauser Today!
Families throughout Riverside County have trusted Dr. Hauser for two decades to transform their broken smiles into works of dental art. If you’re located in the Inland Empire and are seeking a highly qualified Temecula dentist, contact our office at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!
Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry