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.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Let me start by saying that I absolutely do NOT like going to the dentist. After being referred to Dr Yoshikane by a friend, I decided to give him a try. His staff is so friendly and knowledgable. My first appt was very thorough and my cleaning was the best I've ever had. Even their chairs are comfortable! Dr Yoshikane does everything he can to make your dental experience pain-free and enjoyable (if I can use that word for the dentist). I had a root canal and 2 crowns done. No complaints, no pain. He even offers sedation dentistry. I highly recommend Dr Yoshikane if you are looking for a good, friendly, knowledgable, and skilled dentist!"- B.S. / Yelp / Jul 02, 2015
"I am somewhat reluctant to admit I needed a root canal because I take really good care of my teeth! Apparently due to sever clinching of my teeth while I sleep I created trauma which then became infected! Ultimately Dr. Pat saved me!! I had a pretty sever infection and required an emergency root canal that was done to perfection. Nailed it within minutes to relieve the pressure and pain! Fantastic job! Feeling significantly better just hours after the procedure!"- M.M. / Yelp / Feb 17, 2017
"I felt my last dentist was over charging me, so I started looking for a new one. After reading the glowing reviews I decided to give Dr Yoshikane a shot. I am so happy to have found a Dentist that I like. I was coming home from his office this morning after a few visits into a root canal and crown, knowing that I was going to write these people a glowing review. After coming home, I was re-reading the last few reviews and thought, hey I could just copy and paste Iris-Bianca's review, cuz that was my experience too! Seriously! And don't even get me going on the cookies... So far Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, and today a White Chocolate and something I couldn't identify but tasted awesome(!!) cookies! I have never said this about a dentist before, but I'm looking forward to my next visit! How weird is that??"- T.G. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2018
"SUMMARY: Hands down, the BEST dentist I've ever had. BACKSTORY: First of all, starting my search for a good dentist was not easy. I needed A LOT of work done on my teeth. I needed implants, tooth extractions, root canals, bone grafts.. You name it. God has blessed with me a weak enamel, predisposed to cavities. I started my journey at Western Dental, which lead them to destroy one of my molars.. So I decided to on yelp, hoping to find someone who could help me do damage control on my teeth before I lose it all before hitting the age of 30. At this point, I did not care how much money I was to going to spend on my teeth, I just wanted to get them done right in the first place so I can move on with my life. Dentist after dentist, It was a long and gruesome journey. I did bump into a few good dentists, but common downfalls for most dentists: (1) they look at you like a pay check, not a patient (2) they don't understand that dental work is VERY expensive and ironing out those details with your patients BEFORE charging them thousands of dollars on dental work before devising a financial plan is preferred by most. (3) Dealing with dental staff who hate their jobs (4) Did not have a good dental hygienist on staff REVIEW ON DR. YOSHIKANE'S DENTAL OFFICE: But complain or look no further! Dr. Yoshikane AND his staff are the best around. I'll will keep you updated if I ever find someone better, but as of yet, no one comes close! Dr. Yoshikane makes your visit very personable. Even with all the patients he have, or how busy he gets, he and his staff always made sure I felt comfortable, and was doing okay every step of the way. Great thing is, they never pushed me to do things for an upsell. Dr. Yoshikane knows what he's doing. He is confident and thorough with his work and believes strongly in integrity. He has a very broad spectrum of knowledge in his field. When things got complicated, he didn't kick me to the curb and gave me a specialist that he recommends. It was a one stop shop. After my first comprehensive exam and x-rays, Maria (their office manager) sat down with me and devise a plan that I could afford, while optimizing my insurance coverage. Maria was very thorough when helping me understand my coverage and even explained the dental work that was recommended by the dentist. Also, even if you're not here for major dental work, their dental hygienist, Shirley, is the best dental hygienist around! My teeth never felt so clean after a general routing cleaning. Afterwards, Shirley even took the time educating me on ways to improve my teeth and gums. Everyone there treated me with respect and was very genuine and honest. I just finished the last of the major dental work today. I've been going to Dr. Yoshikane for several years now and I have yet to have a bad experience. I left their office today, not only with a beautiful smile, but with a family. Oh and did I mention, they have fresh Otis Spunkmeyer DAILY in their waiting room?"- J.V. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2017
"Dr. Yoshikane is probably one of the best dentists I've had, ever (and I've had a decent amount - I've seen at least 7 since my teeth started being a mess in high school, e.g. wisdom teeth removal, fillings, fillings repair, root canals, tooth implants, deep cleanings...). His office squeezed me in on Thursday after I'd called that morning with a terrible toothache (that I'd been frantically trying to schedule an appointment with any dentist in the OC area since Tuesday afternoon), which actually ended up not being a routine cavity filling breaking down, but a tooth infection that needed to be root canal'ed immediately, which they did, with a course of antibiotics, and also crowned. Three visits and a tooth cleaning later, my teeth (for now) are all set, and as dental work goes, it was probably as minimally painful and pleasant as the experience could be. They do all the small and large things right - the novocaine injections are painless, a blanket to keep you warm during long procedures, sunglasses so you don't blind your eyes staring into the dental light for two hours, thoroughly checking to make sure all the infected pulp is removed from inside your tooth during the root canal, actually measuring the pocket of your gums and letting you know where you might need to better focus on brushing, as well as making a routine cleaning as painless as possible, the list can go on but essentially, everyone in the office, not just Dr. Yoshikane, are great at what they do and super thoughtful and meticulous. And on top of that, the entire staff are friendly, funny, and all-around just great people to be be around. They call after large operations to make sure everything is feeling okay and better, text before your appointment for confirmation and as a reminder, their billing is straightforward, and treat you like a person, not just another appointment for the day to check off before they can go home. tl;dr Dr. Yoshikane is a great dentist, everyone in the office is awesome, and they're all super professional and make a dentist appointment something pleasant, rather than dreadful. I don't think I'll swap dentists while I'm in the OC area, because I doubt any office would actually be better, and would 100% recommend going to them as your dentist :)"- J.K. / Yelp / Jul 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.