Gentle Laguna Niguel Root Canals
Endodontic therapy, more commonly referred to as “root canal treatment” is a type of dental procedure that treats traumatized teeth with nerve damage or infections. When the only other viable option is to have your tooth pulled, a root canal can save and preserve it for several more years. After all, there’s nothing as good as your healthy, natural teeth!
Do I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to know for certain whether or not root canal therapy is necessary, is for Dr. Michelle Eng to examine the tooth and an X-ray of its nerve and root. Temperature or pressure tests may also need to be performed.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may need endodontic treatment:
- Dental abscesses along the gums
- Darkening of an individual tooth
- Past trauma to the tooth, even if it was over a decade ago
- Visible darkening inside or around the root, as seen on the X-ray
- Pain when chewing/biting
Endodontic Treatments are Easier Than You Think!
Michelle Eng, DDS and our Laguna Niguel dental team want our patients to know that getting a root canal is gentler and more comfortable than you might have heard. While root canals of decade’s past have quite the bad rap, modern equipment and anesthetic use make getting a root canal almost like having a routine filling done.
Plus, our comfortable sedation dentistry options calm your anxiety by helping you enjoy ultimate relaxation throughout the entire process.
After Your Root Canal
One thing to keep in mind is that an endodontically treated tooth is no longer “alive,” because the nerve inside of it is removed (and the nerve canal sealed off.) This can make the tooth more brittle, so Dr. Eng will want to place a porcelain crown over it to preserve your bite’s integrity.
Want a second opinion about root canals in Laguna Niguel? Call Michelle Eng, DDS today.
Nervous? We Have Something for That Too
Ask about our safe and comfortable sedation options to help you relax throughout your smile makeover or other dental work. We’re here to help you feel comfortable! Flexible financing plans are available. Contact Michelle Eng, DDS in Aliso Viejo to schedule your smile makeover consultation.