A root canal consists of cleaning the dead “pulp” (small, sinewy tissue) in the center of the tooth and replacing it. Root canals are imperative because, when left unattended or ignored, they can lead to abscesses. These abscesses eat away at the bone surrounding the tooth! Dr. Lee has a wealth of experience regarding root canal treatments. They are no longer the scary process they once were! In fact, root canals protect you from more serious dental complications.
Who Needs A Root Canal
Dr. Lee is conservative with treatment. The doctor might recommend a root canal, if any of the following conditions were met:
- A cracked or discolored tooth
- A deep cavity
- Tooth injury
- Gum swelling or tenderness
- Recurring pimple on the gums
- Heightened sensitivity or pain to hot or cold
Dr. Lee completes your root canal in four easy steps. First, if it is a front tooth, an opening is made behind it. If it is a molar or premolar, an opening will be made in the crown. Our staff will make sure the affected tooth is completely numb before we begin! Root canals should be more of an annoyance than a seriously painful procedure.
Next, damaged pulp is then removed. The Dr. wants to make sure that any problematic pulp has vacated the tooth. We understand that our patient’s time is important. Let’s do careful work so you don’t have to come back.
Dr. Lee will then prep the tooth for filling. Once ready, the tooth will be filled. Sometimes, a patient will require a longer appointment. Dr. Lee knows you deserve the best treatment. In this case, rather than rush the treatment, the Dr. will place a temporary crown over the while we wait to see you again. In typical cases, Dr. Lee and her staff will finish the root canal by gently positioning a crown that preserves the shape of the tooth.
Dr. Lee is a cosmetic dentist. She understands that patients want strong, natural appearing crowns. Let us show you the difference her artisan’s eye can make!