Rescue your tooth with root canal therapy in Newport Beach, CA
“Root canal” – we have all heard the groans that those two words can elicit, but in reality, a root canal is a comfortable procedure that helps eliminate severe dental pain and restores your mouth back to health. The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth from extraction. Dr. John Ravera, a dentist in Newport Beach, CA, is skilled at using the latest techniques and tools to rescue your tooth with root canal therapy while ensuring that you experience minimal pain and a quick recovery.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that cleans and disinfects the internal portion of a tooth while safeguarding valuable tooth structure.
For a better understanding of what root canal therapy is, it first helps to know a bit about the tooth structure. A tooth is composed of two main parts: the crown, which is the exposed portion of the tooth that you can see above the gum line, and the root, which is the part that anchors the tooth in place beneath the gums and the jawbone. Within the root lies the root canal, which consists of the pulp of the tooth, as well as the tooth nerve and blood vessels.
A variety of issues can lead to damage in this inner tooth structure, such as:
- Traumatic injury to the tooth – sometimes injuries from many years ago can lead to problems and severe tooth pain
- Deep dental decay
- The need for multiple dental restorations in a tooth, which can weaken it over time
- Infection within the tooth, or an abscess
- Cracked tooth
When the nerve within the tooth becomes inflamed due to any of the problems above, it can cause severe tooth pain. At this point, the only way to eliminate the pain is to seek dental treatment. Root canal therapy is often used as a conservative measure to save your natural tooth.
The root canal procedure
The root canal procedure is very relaxing for many patients because we first apply anesthetic to the area, so you don’t feel any pain, and once we have confirmed that the treatment area is numb, you are free to comfortably relax in the dental chair while we work on your tooth.
Dr. Ravera creates a small hole in the tooth to access the root canal and then removes the damaged contents out of the tooth. He then thoroughly cleans and sanitizes the area to eliminate debris and infection-causing bacteria, and then fills the cleaned canal with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, a dental crown or another appropriate dental restoration is typically placed on top of the tooth to protect it from further damage and restore normal tooth function. With the pain-sensing nerve and diseased material gone, you will find immense relief from your tooth pain after the procedure is complete.
Is it easier to just extract the tooth?
It’s a common misperception that a tooth extraction is easier and quicker than root canal therapy. Extracting the tooth is typically only a better option if the tooth has been damaged beyond repair. The purpose of a root canal is to save your tooth if there is sufficient structure, because there is truly no substitute for a natural tooth.
Many patients wonder if it is problematic to remove the nerve from the tooth. The answer is no—because your teeth work together to sense temperature and pressure, removing the nerve from a singular tooth does not cause issues for your long-term tooth health.
Call us today and stop your tooth pain
If you have been suffering from tooth pain but are delaying a trip to the dentist because you fear a root canal is needed, we encourage you to call us today to schedule an appointment. With comfortable root canal therapy, the team at John Ravera D.D.S General & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you get out of pain and back to your life in a short time. Call us at 949-877-3606 if you are a new patient, or existing patients can reach us at 949-706-7097 !Back to Root Canal Therapy Page