Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Riverside

Riverside root canal therapyIf you're suffering with a painful dental infection or a broken tooth, swift action is needed to address the situation and prevent the need for an extraction. Root canal therapy can eliminate infection and help to save your natural tooth structure. At the dental practice of Jeff Francis, DDS, we provide effective root canal therapy to alleviate your pain and protect your smile. We prioritize comfort throughout every step of the root canal treatment.

Our mission is to provide exceptional treatment in a compassionate, professional, and personalized manner. We use the modern dental technology and techniques to ensure precise care and help you regain a smile that looks and feels healthy. If you're suffering from tooth pain, our team is here to help you find relief. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to see if you need root canal therapy in Riverside.


What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Riverside root canal treatmentRoot canal therapy is a dental procedure used to save a severely decayed, cracked, or injured tooth. Beneath your tooth's enamel and dentin is a collection of soft tissue called the dental pulp. If bacteria reaches the pulp through damage or decay, it can cause an infection resulting in pain and putting your oral health at risk.

With a root canal treatment, our dentist will remove the diseased pulp while leaving the tooth structure intact. We then cap the tooth with a custom crown to completely restore its shape and strength. This gets rid of disease-causing bacteria and preserves your oral health and bite function. With prompt treatment, we can most likely save your tooth from extraction.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

At the dental practice of Jeff Francis, DDS, we often recommend root canal therapy for patients with severe tooth pain. There are also other signs that point to a problem that may require a root canal treatment. These signs include:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gum tissue
  • Darkening of gums
  • A crack in the tooth
  • A pimple near the tooth in question
  • Darkening tooth enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Severe pain when biting down or chewing
  • Bad breath or bad taste that doesn't go away

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it's time to schedule an appointment with our dentist for root canal therapy. When the infection is not treated in time, the bacteria can cause secondary infections in the jawbone and gums. Over time, this can cause damage to the bone around the teeth, lead to tooth loss. Also, putting off a root canal treatment can increase the chances of needing the tooth extracted.

The Root Canal Therapy Process

Before we start your Riverside root canal therapy, Dr. Francis will meet with you to thoroughly assess your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure. We will use x-rays and digital imaging to map out the afflicted tooth and recommend a treatment plan. We'll discuss the process with you and answer your questions to help you make the best decision for your oral health. If we determine that root canal therapy is the ideal treatment for you, we will either perform the service in our dental office or make a referral if your case is best addressed by an endodontist.

The root canal therapy process involves the following steps:

  • Applying an anesthetic to make the process as comfortable as possible
  • Use a small sheet known as a dental dam to keep the tooth dry during your procedure
  • Creating an access point in the enamel to reach the infected pulp
  • Removing the bacteria and infected tissue from the root canal
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the root canal
  • Filling the tooth with a rubber-like biocompatible material called gutta percha to promote healing and stabilize the tooth root
  • Completing the process with a dental crown or filling to protect the weakened tooth and restore its appearance

If your tooth is severely infected, we may need to reduce the infection before performing treatment. Our dentist can provide antibiotics to eliminate bacteria and make it safe to perform root canal therapy.

Emergency Root Canal Treatments

Our team understands that an infected or injured tooth can cause excruciating pain and that you want quick relief in such a situation. This is one of the reasons we offer emergency root canal treatments in our Riverside office. If you need immediate assistance, we strive to set up a same-day appointment whenever possible. For true emergencies, we may even provide an after-hour appointment. Our dentist will listen to your situation and evaluate the urgency to determine what level of treatment you need. This will offer you the relief you need quickly and potentially keep you from losing an infected tooth.

Your Reliable Dentist for Root Canal Therapy in Riverside

Tooth pain doesn't have to be something you suffer through, and you don't have to let a dental infection lead to losing a tooth. At the dental practice of Jeff Francis, DDS, we strive to preserve your natural teeth and restore your optimal oral health. We offer safe, efficient, and reliable root canal therapy to eliminate infection and bring you relief from pain. If you're looking for a compassionate and patient-focused dental team, you can count on us to provide the care you need. Contact our office to make an appointment.



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