Save Your Smile From Infection & Extraction
Adult teeth are vital parts of life, contributing to oral health and boosting self-esteem, so it’s only natural that most people want to preserve their permanent teeth. However, dental damage such as oral trauma, infection, and tooth decay is easy to develop. If these issues go untreated, you may require extraction to protect your other teeth and your overall health.
If you’re one of the many people worried about their oral health and trying to save their teeth from extraction, then you’ve come to the right place. If the damage is caught soon enough, A. Scott Grivas III, DDS, can save your teeth and restore your oral health with root canal treatment. Learn how Dr. Grivas can help patients in the Sacramento area enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile again.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is the process of restoring a tooth after the nerve is severely affected by decay or infection, to the point that an extraction is a viable option. During a root canal, Dr. Grivas will remove all damaged tooth material and any infected dental pulp, which is a collection of living tissues and nerves housed inside a hollow space called the pulp chamber. After filling and sealing the tooth, the infection is gone and the structural integrity of the tooth is restored.
Dr. Grivas and the team at our Sacramento office understand that root canals have gained a bad reputation over the years. Rest assured, root canal treatment can act as a buffer and a booster for your oral health, eliminating infection and the need for extraction. Dr. Grivas is well-versed in the art of root canal procedures after over a decade of professional dentistry and will be sure to keep your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Who Needs Root Canal Treatment?
It’s possible that you need a root canal and may not even know it. Sometimes the nerves are so damaged that pain doesn’t even register. Dr. Grivas encourages his patients to be vigilant for any possible signs that they may need a root canal. Besides pain, other possible signs that you may need a root canal include:
- Difficulty chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Damage to your gums or the bone surrounding the tooth
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Loosening of the tooth
- Swollen gums or abscesses on the gums
- Dental trauma/decay such as holes, cracks, and chips in your teeth
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Undergoing a root canal when you need it can be a massive help to your smile and your overall health. There are many benefits when receiving the treatment, including:
- Enhanced oral health
- Protects your overall health
- Alleviation of pain, swelling, sensitivity, and throbbing
- Helps prevent infection from returning
- Saves teeth from extraction
- Prevents the need for more costly restorations and time-consuming procedures
Root Canal Treatment Process
Before Dr. Grivas suggests root canal treatment, he’ll thoroughly evaluate your oral health by providing an examination involving X-rays and a review of your medical history. He’ll also discuss your smile goals with you to ensure root canal treatment is right for you and offer sedation if you think you’ll need help relaxing during your procedure.
After you and Dr. Grivas have both decided to go forward with root canal treatment, we’ll help set you up for your next appointment.
Preparation For Root Canal Treatment
Before your root canal treatment begins, we’ll clean your mouth out and apply a local anesthetic to keep you pain-free during your treatment. We’ll also make sure any sedation you may have chosen is working properly alongside your anesthetic. Once we’re certain you’re comfortable, Dr. Grivas will proceed.
Root Canal Treatment
While you’re under sedation and anesthesia, Dr. Grivas will create a small opening in your tooth to access the dental pulp. From there, he’ll remove the diseased pulp, nerves, bacteria, and other decay from the inner chamber. The area is then filled with a special, biocompatible dental material — usually a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha — before sealing the area again with a filling to prevent the risk of further infection.
Once the tooth is sealed, Dr. Grivas will shave the tooth down into a shape that will serve as the base for your crown. From there, we’ll take images of your teeth that will be used as the blueprints for your custom made dental crown. Your crown can be made in-office, the same day with CEREC technology, or be sent to an off-site laboratory in the case of more complex builds.
Once your crown is ready, we’ll cover your tooth with your custom-made dental crown to restore its form and function and protect it from further damage and infection. Once the inflammation and sensitivity has diminished, you’ll be able to enjoy a full, healthy smile again.
Frequently Asked Questions
The exact cost of your root canal treatment can vary based on a number of factors such as how many teeth require treatment, chosen sedation options, and your insurance. We encourage you to call your provider and ask them which costs they can cover. If you need help affording your treatment, Dr. Grivas’ offers financing, including CareCredit and LendingClub as well as patient specials.
Dr. Grivas recommends that you wait until the anesthetic has worn off before you eat again. This will help prevent you from biting down too hard and accidentally damaging your cheeks, lips, tongue, your filling, or your new crown. To protect your tooth after surgery, Dr. Grivas recommends eating soft foods for at least one week post op such as:
- Soft fruit
- Cooked vegetables
- Scrambled eggs
You should also avoid crunchy, chewy, spicy, or hard foods for at least one week after surgery. If reintroduced to your diet too soon, these items can:
- Damage your crown
- Pull out your filling
- Increase bleeding
- Cause increased sensitivity and pain in your tooth
Some discomfort after your root canal treatment is normal. However, any pain should be mild and easy to handle with a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Gravitas may prescribe medication to counter pain and fight infection, so we encourage you to take all prescribed medication as instructed.
If you feel like your post op pain is unbearable or it hasn’t receded after a week, feel free to call our Sacramento office at (916) 929-9222. We’ll address any issues you may be having so your treatment can continue as comfortably as possible.
Give Your Teeth a Second Chance With Root Canal Treatment!
If you want to preserve your smile, while keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful, Dr. Grivas is here, proudly serving residents of the greater Sacramento area and helping transform their smiles for the better. If you’re ready to deal with tooth infection and restore the integrity of your teeth, contact our Sacramento office by dialing (916) 929-9222. You can also reach us by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we’ll return your call shortly. We look forward to seeing you!