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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics for an Infected Tooth) – Orange, CA

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about root canal therapy

When detected early on, tooth decay can be addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the affected area. But when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dr. Patrick Yoshikane may recommend a root canal to Orange, CA patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).

If you suspect you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about having this procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Dr. Yoshikane and his staff will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable, but we also provide several methods of sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. to schedule a consult with Dr. Yoshikane for more information on sedation dentistry and root canals.

Best Candidates

An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical injury. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Set up an appointment at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. as soon as you feel or see any changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties or reservations about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your exam and treatment.

What To Expect

Prior to the treatment, you can discuss your anesthetic/sedation options with Dr. Yoshikane. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious or on-edge during your appointment. Many individuals request oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Dr. Yoshikane is very understanding of dental anxieties and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.

To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Yoshikane will examine the innermost part of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate remaining debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.

Recovery

Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your procedure. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Yoshikane will examine the area to see that the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental check-ups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.

ANTICIPATED COSTS

Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.

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Due to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a quick, simple process to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our office in Orange, CA to schedule a consult with Dr. Yoshikane to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.

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