Root Canal Therapy

Free yourself from painful dental infections with root canal treatment in Modesto

At Gill Family Dentistry, we offer root canal therapy to repair our patient’s  badly decayed or infected teeth. During this procedure, our expert dentists remove the nerve and pulp then clean and seal the inside of the tooth. If you are in pain due to a decayed or infected tooth, you must opt for root canal treatment in Modesto to prevent the surrounding tissues from becoming infected or developing abscesses.

The procedure of our treatment of root canal in Modesto

Our procedure of root canal in Modesto usually involves three steps that require about two to three sessions. 

Cleaning of the root canal The first thing that our qualified dentist does is remove everything from inside the root canal. The patient is given local anaesthesia and a small hole is made on the surface of the tooth for access to its inside. Then, small files are used to remove the dead pulp tissue inside the tooth.

Filling of the root canal – The hollow area is then cleaned, shaped, and decontaminated using very small files and irrigation solutions. Then, a rubber-like material is used to fill the tooth and dental cement is used to seal it thoroughly. The patient will no longer feel any sensation in the tooth after root canal therapy. That’s because the nerve tissue is removed, the infection is eliminated, and the tooth is practically dead.

Addition of a crown or filling – A tooth without any pulp will continue to receive its nourishment from the bone ligament. However, it will become more brittle with time. Hence, a crown or a filling must be added to protect this tooth. Until this step is done, the patient must not bite or chew on any food. Once a crown or filling is added, the patient can treat the tooth as a natural one. 

When is a root canal therapy needed? 

Symptoms indicating the need for a root canal therapy consist of the following:

  • Severe pain in a tooth upon chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged pain or sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures (even after it has been removed) 
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Gums swelling up or becoming tender
  • A pimple on the gums which is persistent or keeps recurring
  • A deep crack in a tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • A loose filling
  • A severe infection in the bone
  • A pulp injury

How much does a root canal treatment in Modesto cost? 

The cost of root canal therapy depends on several factors. However, saving a tooth with root canal therapy is a far more affordable option than other solutions. 

Another option that some people choose is tooth extraction. But, the cost of replacing the tooth afterwards with an implant or bridge can be a costly affair. Tooth extraction also suffers from several risks like misaligned teeth, difficulty in chewing, etc. 

What to do and expect after a root canal therapy

Although a root canal therapy is done to eliminate the pain, you will likely experience some pain and tenderness immediately after the procedure, which can be taken care of with prescribed medications. Do not chew or apply pressure while the tooth is being repaired. Most patients resume their normal activities the day after the procedure. 

As far as oral hygiene is concerned, you must maintain a good oral care routine and habits. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth at least once every day, and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to preserve the health of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is integral for maintaining healthy teeth for life. 

Once the entire procedure of root canal therapy is completed along with any other required procedure, you will have a follow-up visit with our dentist, who will ensure that everything is healing properly. Then, you must continue to visit our dentist for professional cleanings and checkups regularly. 

Are you tired of typing “root canal near me” in search engines? Let your search end at Gill Family Dentistry. We are committed to offering expert root canal treatments in Modesto to relieve all our patients of pain and help them enjoy healthy teeth that last a lifetime.