Root canals have an unjust reputation for being painful. The reality is much different. Root canals in Fresno, CA are designed to ease your pain and save your tooth.
If you need a root canal and put it off, the infection can spread to adjacent teeth and lead to a dental emergency or even tooth loss.
Our caring Fresno, CA dentists, Dr. Braden Callister and Dr. Don Christensen, want to help save your smile and ease your pain. Their gentle approach to your root canal therapy might just surprise you, too.
Root and Pulp Infections
A root canal is different from a cavity because it is a deep infection of the root and pulp of your tooth as opposed to surface decay, which is why a root and pulp infection requires a different treatment approach.
Signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth pain, especially when eating
- Jaw pain
- Face or jaw swelling
- A bump or blister on the gum
At Callister Dental, we recommend contacting our office at the first sign of tooth sensitivity. The pain associated with a root and pulp infection can come on suddenly and require an emergency dental visit. Additionally, the sooner your dentist treats the infection, the better chance of a successful outcome.
Root Canal Therapy in Fresno, CA
One of our top Fresno, CA dentists will make sure the treatment area is numb before beginning your root canal therapy. If you need a little extra, we also provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which produces a calm and floating feeling for patients undergoing treatment.
A root canal calls for clearing away infection, pulp, and root to bring pain relief and save your tooth.
In some cases, an antibacterial medication may be applied to the exposed area and closed with a temporary filling to promote healing. A second appointment closes the tooth permanently.
If a root infection is complex and has weakened the tooth—making it vulnerable to future breakage—your dentist may close with a tooth crown instead of a traditional tooth-colored filling.
A tooth crown is a tooth-shaped cover that goes over your tooth to protect it and seal it against reinfection. Our tooth crowns in Fresno, CA are colored and shaped to match your smile.
You may notice tenderness for a day or two following your root canal therapy, but this is generally mild and remedied with over-the-counter pain medications.
Lowering Your Root Infection Risk
A good oral hygiene routine at home and regular exams and teeth cleanings go a long way toward lowering your risks for root infections, cavities, and dental emergencies.
Contact Callister Dental Today
If you have tooth sensitivity or other signs of a root infection, don’t wait. Contact our dental office today to schedule an exam with one of our top Fresno, CA dentists.
We proudly serve patients in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and beyond. We even have patients who travel far and wide to receive treatment from our dental team.