So many people frown at the idea of a root canal, but it is actually a wonderful remedy to help save a tooth. In fact, it is no more painful or challenging than a traditional tooth filling. If you need a root canal, we help maintain your natural tooth so you can keep it healthy and strong for many years to come.

Why choose Dr. Sugiki for root canal treatment

When a cavity is caught early enough, it can often be repaired with a small dental filling. However, when decay becomes more severe, it can often cause pain, causing a cracked tooth. When this occurs, you may need a root canal to preserve the tooth. The “dreaded” root canal is now no more than a simple procedure thanks to your expert dentist, Dr. Sugiki. Root canal therapy is essentially painless as our office proudly delivers advanced technology and treatment. A root canal involves removing the pulp of the tooth that is made up of nerves, blood vessels and tissue. The pulp chamber and canals are then cleaned, disinfected and filled to prevent bacteria from entering. Often, you will need a dental crown to complete the procedure and preserve the tooth.

Why root canals Are indicated

There are several causes of needing a root canal. The most common cause is deep dental caries that cause the tooth to become infected. Other causes are dental trauma, repeated dental treatment that causes the pulp to get inflamed or infected and if a tooth cracks and cannot be restored without a root canal. Treatment at Sugiki Implant and Family Dentistry will not only put you out of pain, but restore your optimal dental health!

BENEFITS of A Root Canal:

  • A root canal will relieve your pain and discomfort from a deep cavity!
  • With advanced technology, it is a virtually painless and quick procedure!
  • You will restore function to your natural teeth and be able to chew and eat comfortably!
  • A root canal is economically affordable and less expensive than more complicated dental treatments!

Root Canal FAQ

What is the follow-up for root canal treatment?

Initially, you may experience some swelling and soreness once the local anesthesia wears off. You can take over-the-counter pain medications like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen as needed. You should avoid chewing while numb to avoid biting your cheek, lip or tongue. You should avoid biting into hard foods and ice to reduce further injury to the tooth. You should follow up with Dr. Sugiki to discuss post-restorations like crowns and fillings.

Are there any complications that can arise with a root canal?

Root canals are meant to be a permanent solution for a compromised tooth, but there are rare occasions that arise that can cause problems. This includes new decay leading to a new infection, dental trauma, and a root canal that was not completely disinfected or filled.

How can I prevent needing a root canal?

You should have good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing and limit the amount of sugar in your diet. If you play sports, wear a mouthguard to prevent dental trauma. Discuss treatment plans of smaller fillings with Dr. Sugiki to prevent small decay from advancing to a possible root canal.

Are there any alternatives to getting a root canal?

If you decide you don’t want a root canal, other treatment options include a tooth extraction. You can then replace the extracted tooth with an implant, bridge or removable partial appliance to restore function and teeth shifting. Call the office to set up an appointment to discuss the many treatment plan options!

How much does a root canal cost?

Costs vary depending on which tooth needs treatment and your dental insurance. Molars are often more expensive and more difficult to treat than anterior teeth. Most dental plans will cover a portion of a root canal.