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Root CanalAn Overview

Gentle Wave®: An Alternative to Root Canal Therapy

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The Claremont Dental Institute is committed to providing state of the art dental care and the best possible patient experience. Dr. Patel and our team of associates offer the Gentle Wave procedure as an alternative to the traditional root canal method of treatment.

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 the need for 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 inner pulp of the tooth.

Once the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, a patient will need a root canal procedure to restore the tooth. A root canal can also be used to treat a tooth that has been injured 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. The pain a patient is experiencing is actually 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’re in pain, waiting is not a cure. Your dental health is very important, and we will take good care of you – I promise!”
—Dr. Vijay Patel

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 that will support long-term oral wellness.

We also provide sedation dentistry options for patients who feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. It is essential to treat a root canal infection as soon as possible to avoid tooth extraction. If you have dental anxiety speak with your dentist about your concerns, we can help.

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Root Canal What to Expect

If a root canal is required to restore your oral health, your dentist will begin by making you as comfortable as possible. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Once the patient is comfortable and relaxed, the procedure will begin.

Your dentist will begin by making a small hole to access the inside of your tooth. They will then use a tool called an endodontics file to enter the tooth and remove the infected tissue and any debris inside the tooth.

Once the infected pulp has been removed patients will no longer feel the throbbing pain caused by the inflamed pulp. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filed down in preparation for the gutta-percha.

Gutta-percha is a highly durable dental filling material that is injected into the tooth and used to seal out future decay.

Then, your dentist will take digital images or molds of your tooth that will be used to create a custom dental crown. The dental crown will be designed to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. The crown fits snugly over the treated tooth helping to stabilize your bite and tooth.

Root Canal FAQs

Does A Root Canal Hurt?

Root canals are commonly thought to be a painful procedure by most individuals who haven’t had one. Though, like most procedures, there can be some discomfort associated with a root canal, almost all discomfort is associated with the underlying condition that the root canal is addressing. That being said, at Claremont Dental Institute, we go above and beyond to make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible, no matter what.

Can I be put under anesthesia when getting a root canal?

Yes. There are different kinds so sedation that most dentists practice – conscious and unconscious. The obvious difference in the two is that, with one you are completely asleep and with the other, you remain awake. It’s best to consult with your Doctor about what kind of sedation is right for you and your procedure.

Do I need to get a crown(s) after a root canal?

Dental crowns help reinforce and strengthen the tooth after surgery. Although crowns aren’t necessary, every tooth that undergoes a root canal will need reinforcement of some kind to return to regular activities/interaction with that tooth – eating, brushing, flossing, etc.