Endodontics (Root Canal)
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Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Nikki Ancona has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
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Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is performed to avoid the need for a tooth extraction. The goal of a root canal is to remove diseased tissue from the pulp of the affected tooth. We offer root canal treatment in the comfort of our Montclair Plaza Dental Group office.
The pulp chamber is located in the middle of the tooth, under two protective layers, the dentin layer and the enamel layer. Inside the chamber is the pulp of the tooth which is made of blood vessels, tissue, and nerves. If the tooth is compromised in any way, it can leave the pulp vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Tooth decay, cracks in the tooth, and major tooth trauma can cause those germs to enter the pulp chamber which will lead to an infection. When the pulp becomes infected and inflamed, it is very painful. This infection is called pulpitis. If you think you are suffering from this, it is important to visit Dr. Ancona for treatment.
Video 01:00 If you have an abscessed tooth, that means the pulp of tooth is infected and you need root canal therapy.
Click to enlarge. Illustration showing an example of a root canal procedure.
When the tooth is infected, Dr. Ancona must remove the diseased portion of the tooth in hopes of saving it from extraction. A root canal is recommended for a severely decayed, infected, or damaged tooth. When harmful bacteria enter the pulp of the tooth, the structure of the tooth is compromised. The goal is to remove the infection and stop the spread of bacteria. Root canals are one of the most commonly performed procedures in our Montclair California dentist office. We take the necessary steps to ensure you are comfortable, relaxed, and safe during the procedure.
What symptoms may indicate that I need a root canal?
Some common symptoms that may indicate the necessity for a root canal include:
What to Expect
Before your root canal procedure, you Montclair Plaza dentist will work with you to answer any questions you may have. We have created an atmosphere where you feel safe, relaxed, and informed.
To start, your dentist will carefully numb the area around the affected tooth. If you are experiencing severe anxiety about the procedure, we can also provide the appropriate sedation option. To access the diseased tissue, a small hole is created using a dental drill. Using special tools, your dentist will gently remove all of the diseased tissue from the affected tooth. The pulp chamber is carefully cleaned and filled with the appropriate build-up material. The tooth is restored using a custom-designed dental crown.
A root canal can bring much-needed relief to a damaged tooth. Your Montclair dentist will provide any aftercare instructions after your root canal procedure.
Parts of the Tooth
Video 01:00 | Have you ever wondered what makes up a tooth? The two main parts of the tooth are the crown and the root. The crown is the white part of the tooth you can see while the root is unseen below the gumline. Learn more about the various parts of a tooth and how good oral health care as well as regular dental visits, can help to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.