If your tooth is suffering from a large crack, cavity, severe pain, or an abscess, Dr. Johns might recommend root canal therapy at our Millbrae, CA dentist office to help save it.
If the idea of a root canal makes you feel nervous, we're here for you! We offer oral sedation to our patients who are anxious about undergoing a root canal. This gentle sedation can help you relax during your root canal and some people actually fall asleep!
If you're feeling anxious about your root canal, please let us know before your appointment and we can discuss oral sedation options with you.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Dentists complete more than 14 million root canals every year! Root canals are designed to help save your natural teeth and keep you from needing dental implants, dentures, or other dental prosthetics.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Johns will remove the living tissue inside your tooth, including the nerves, and will excise any bacteria or decay. After this step is completed, Dr. Johns will clean out the chamber of your tooth, treat it with a medicated material, and fill it with a safe, metal-free composite material.
The root canal process is designed to restore your previously damaged tooth to its full function. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Johns will place a permanent dental crown on your tooth and you'll have a fully healthy, restored smile!
The CEREC Difference
After a root canal, most dentists have you wear a temporary crown while you wait two weeks for an outside laboratory to fabricate and send your permanent dental crown.
At Chris Johns, DDS, we use advanced CEREC same-day dental crown technology to create your permanent dental crown on the very same day as your root canal. There's no need to use a temporary crown and you can complete your root canal treatment in just one short visit to our office.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Johns may recommend one if you’re experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
- Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the root.
It is essential to treat this decay as soon as possible to avoid the serious complications that can stem from infection spreading to your healthy teeth and gums.
Schedule Your Consultation With Chris Johns, DDS Today!
If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johns as soon as possible.
Dental abscesses, cracked teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves and it’s imperative to treat them immediately to help keep the rest of your mouth healthy and pain-free – and to protect yourself from potentially dangerous systemic infections.
A consultation with Dr. Johns is the perfect way to get the answers to your oral health questions and decide if root canal therapy or other restorative dentistry procedures are needed to help restore your smile.