At Balboa Island Dentistry, located in Newport Beach, California, leading prosthodontist,Dr. Stephen G. Alfano offers expert root canal procedures. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Alfano’s experience in performing root canals is respected throughout Newport Beach and neighboring areas across Orange County.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to treat the pulp of a tooth that has become infected or inflamed. The pulp is the center of the tooth. It consists of cells and living connective tissue that is removed during a root canal. Once the infected material is removed, the dentist cleans and disinfects the area. Next, he or she fills the tooth and seals it with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha. The dentist then caps the tooth with a crown or administers a filling to protect and restore the tooth.
A root canal can remedy infection and prevent it from spreading to other teeth. Any procedure that prevents a tooth from having to be extracted is beneficial to a patient’s overall oral health. A root canal can alleviate the pain associated with an inflamed tooth.
Generally, Dr. Alfano performs a root canal in an hour. If the infection is extreme, he may opt to perform the procedure over two visits.
Generally, the tooth will last for many years as long as the patient brushes and flosses his or her teeth daily. The patient must visit the dentist for regular teeth cleanings and examinations to evaluate the condition of the tooth and to make sure the infection doesn't return. Despite having a crown or filling, the tooth has the potential to decay or become fractured.
Yes. Patients remain awake during root canals, as the procedure is not painful. Root canals tend to feel the same as having a cavity filled. The patient will receive a numbing agent on the tooth. However, those who have an intense fear of dental procedures may opt for sedation dentistry from Dr. Alfano.
The patient may experience minor pain and discomfort after the procedure, but over-the-counter pain relievers assist with easing the pain.
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
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“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.