Root Canal Therapy Can Preserve Your Teeth
If you are experiencing advanced tooth decay, a root canal performed at our Rancho Santa Margarita practice can restore the health of your smile. Dr. Scott Karafin uses advanced tools and techniques to eliminate advanced tooth decay, and restore treated teeth with beautiful custom dental crowns. If you are suffering with a painful toothache, contact us immediately. Dr. Karafin can determine whether a root canal or other treatment is the best means of achieving relief.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are chambers that run from the gums, through tooth roots, into the center of a tooth. The center chamber is filled with pulp (a combination of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue). Teeth are alive, so they require a healthy blood flow. The blood vessels that run through root canals sustain the life of the tooth. If tooth decay advances to the inner pulp of your tooth, root canal therapy becomes essential to preserve the outer structure of the tooth.
What to Expect
If you require a root canal, the only healthy alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Root canal therapy is the conservative treatment option. At your appointment, Dr. Karafin will numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic. He will make a small opening in the tooth, through which he will remove the infected tissues in the tooth’s chamber and root canals. To remove infection and debris, Dr. Karafin uses EndoTouch®, a cordless rotary system that efficiently removes bacteria, while keeping debris away from the operative area. Finally, you will be left with a sterile outer tooth structure, free of decay.