If you’re suffering from a toothache that won’t go away, call Dr. Alfano at (949) 673-7820. We’ll make sure you get the care you need. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can alleviate your pain.
A painful tooth could be a sign that you require root canal therapy. During this procedure, Dr. Alfano will remove the infected tissue from inside the tooth and then restore it to full function with an attractive dental crown.
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Alfano can say for sure which type of treatment is right for you, but the following symptoms could be signs that you require root canal therapy:
Each year, millions of teeth that are damaged by infection are saved from extraction using root canal therapy. Here’s how it works:
Your tooth is made up of three layers: The white outer layer is called the tooth enamel. Underneath the enamel is the dentin, which is yellowish in color.
The inner layer of your tooth is known as the pulp. It contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Root canal therapy is a treatment to repair a tooth where the pulp has become infected
Before he begins root canal therapy, Dr. Alfano will numb the area with novocaine. Then he’ll make a small hole to remove the infected pulp. After that, he’ll replace the pulp with a rubbery substance called gutta percha.
Following root canal therapy, Dr. Alfano will restore the tooth by attaching a crown. The crown is custom-crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your tooth. It will restore the tooth to full function and protect it from further infection.
The best way to avoid restorative procedures like root canal therapy is to take good care of your teeth. That means brushing and flossing daily and visiting Balboa Island Dentistry for regular checkups.
And while you’re here, feel free to ask us about how our restorative and cosmetic treatments such as veneers, professional whitening, and dental implants can enhance your smile.