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By John Baron DDS
March 25, 2022
Category: Root Canal
Tags: Root Canals  

If your dentist says that you need root canal treatment, you've got nothing to be afraid of. Root canals from Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, can help save your natural teeth.

A root canal treatment removes damaged tooth pulp. It's a dental procedure that helps save your natural tooth from extensive damage. The root canal procedure preserves the outer shell of your tooth, hence, a dental restoration is essential to strengthen your tooth. 

Reasons why your dentist may suggest that you get a root canal include:

Extensive Tooth Decay

A tooth infection can spread, damaging the internal structure of your tooth including the tooth root. As the infections spread, you may experience unpleasant symptoms such as toothaches, gum inflammation, and darkening of teeth and gums. The root canal treatment removes the infected tooth pulp, saving the enamel for restoration.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

A cracked or chipped tooth is vulnerable to pulp infections. The trauma of the tooth damage can also cause pulp inflammation. Saving what remains of your damaged tooth might require a root canal. After removing the dead pulp tissue, your dentist can move on to restoring the tooth.

Repeated Dental Procedures

If you keep getting treatment for tooth decay, your dentist may suggest getting a root canal to eliminate the problem. Root canals remove all your tooth pulp tissue to reduce your chances of getting more dental procedures.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your tooth sensitivity won't respond to other therapies, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. The root canal treatment removes your tooth's pulp which contains the nerves. After removing all the tooth nerves, your tooth sensitivity should be over.

Root Canal Procedure

While the prospect of getting root canals from your dentist may send shivers down your spine, you don't need to worry. Your dentist will help you stay comfortable during your procedure by administering anesthesia. After examining your tooth and taking x-rays, your dentist will get you set for the procedure.

During your root canal procedure, your dentist will remove your tooth pulp tissue through a tiny hole in your enamel. They will also disinfect and clean the area before finally restoring your tooth with a dental crown.

Call (831) 426-9200 to learn more about root canals from Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA.

By E. John Baron DDS, INC.
January 29, 2015
Category: Root Canal

Find out what the entire root canal therapy process entails in Santa Cruz.

If you are preparing for an upcoming root canal therapy, then you are probably looking for information to demystify your upcoming procedure. No one likes to go into a medical procedure without a little information about what’s to come. Your Santa Cruz dentist, John Baron, D.D.S., is here to give you some details about what you can expect from your next dental procedure and subsequent visits.

First Visit

Root Canal TherapyDuring your first visit we will run X-rays to examine the inside of the tooth and see whether the pulp is inflamed or if there is an infection. Through these images we can determine whether a root canal is the best course of action or whether we will need to perform a tooth extraction instead. Then we will schedule your next appointment, which will include treating your infected tooth.

Second Visit

During your second visit, we will administer a local anesthesia and then go into the tooth and take out the pulp and any diseased tissue. We will also thoroughly clean the inside of the tooth to remove any debris, pus and bacteria to prevent another infection from occurring in the future.

Once we have thoroughly removed all dental irritants from the inside of your tooth we will perform shaping, in which we will enlarge the canal of the tooth to prepare it for the last visit where we will fill and seal your tooth. Between your second and third visit, your Santa Cruz dentist will place a temporary filling on the treated tooth to protect it.

Third Visit

After your tooth has been cleaned out properly and shaped, it’s ready to be sealed. We will use a rubber-like material called gutta percha, which is shaped like a cone. We will apply a sealer to each cone that we use to help seal up the spaces between the cones. Each cone of gutta percha will then be placed into the canal of the tooth.

If there hasn’t been a significant amount of damage to the tooth we may only need to fill the top part of the tooth with a resin; however, many people will need to have a dental crown placed over their tooth to prevent further damage and restore function. Your Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. Baron, will tell you what will best for your smile.

Call E. John Baron DDS, INC. Today!

If you have any questions about your upcoming root canal, your Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. Baron, is always here to answer any of your questions and make this process a little easier for you. There is no need to stress yourself out. Call us today at 831-426-9200 and let us ease your concerns.

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E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200

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