Root CanalAn Overview
Gentle Wave®: An Alternative to Root Canal Therapy
The Claremont Dental Institute provides state-of-the-art dental care and the best possible patient experience. Dr. Steve Fountain and our associates offer the Gentle Wave procedure as an alternative to the traditional root canal treatment method.
A unique “ultra cleaning” technology, Gentle Wave harnesses the energy of water and soundwaves to penetrate deep into the chambers of the tooth root and remove decay and bacteria. The result is a more thorough procedure that is less invasive and more stable in the long term.
Other key benefits of the Gentle Wave endodontics treatment include:
- Minimally invasive: less natural tooth structure is disturbed or removed as part of the process, improving the stability of the tooth post-treatment.
- Typically completed in one visit: get back to smiling comfortably without needing a return visit to complete a root canal.
Do You Need A Root Canal?
Root canal infections can compromise the stability and health of your smile. Left untreated, the bacteria that cause tooth decay can spread to the tooth’s inner pulp.
Once the tooth’s pulp becomes infected, a patient will need a root canal procedure to restore the tooth. A root canal can also treat an injured tooth, causing damage to the tooth root.
If you are experiencing persistent pain or discomfort in your mouth, you should visit your Claremont Dental Institute dentist as soon as possible. Treating a root canal infection quickly can prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
Symptoms of A Root Canal Infection
- Pain, often sharp or shooting
- Swelling of the gums
- Dark spots on teeth
Root canals have a reputation for being extremely painful. A patient is experiencing pain caused by the infection, not the actual root canal procedure. Root canal treatments help relieve painful symptoms caused by the swelling of the diseased tooth pulp.
Most patients report feeling a release of discomfort after their procedure. Our dental care team will take all necessary steps to help you feel safe and comfortable during your root canal.
If you believe you may need a root canal, contact our Claremont, CA dentist office. Your dentist will perform a thorough oral health analysis and take digital x-rays of your teeth to determine if a root canal is necessary. We always strive to provide our patients with the most conservative treatment options supporting long-term oral wellness.
We also provide sedation dentistry options for patients who feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Treating a root canal infection as soon as possible is essential to avoid tooth extraction. If you have dental anxiety speak with your dentist about your concerns, we can help.