Root Canal Treatment

man holding jaw from pain from an infected toothThe one thing most people have in common is that they don’t like the idea of getting a root canal. But we understand. Years of jokes and stories may have conditioned you to believe the myth, but that’s all it is.

The problem with most people’s perception of root canals is that they associate the pain of the infected tooth with the procedure itself. In fact, the only way to relieve your pain and save the tooth is with a root canal. 

Unfortunately, this fear of root canals leads to a typical scenario that we see quite often:

John is a patient who has a toothache but doesn’t like dental visits. He takes an OTC pain reliever that provides temporary relief, but then the pain steadily worsens until it’s excruciating. Now John is in so much pain he can’t function, and he finally calls his dentist to seek relief.

When John is seated in the dental chair, and we numb the tooth, he is thankful to feel an instant wave of relief. He’s comfortable throughout his procedure because he opted for nitrous oxide sedation, and when it’s over, the pain—along with the infection—is gone.

Remove the Infection, Save the Tooth

This is how root canal infections go; a deep cavity, trauma, or gum disease allows bacteria to enter the pulp deep inside of the tooth where the nerves are located. Short of removing the tooth, the only treatment option is a root canal.

When Dr. Carr performs a root canal, he carefully plans treatment using digital x-rays and 3-D cone beam imaging. He first makes a tiny access hole in the tooth and removes the infected pulp using specialized instruments. He then fills the hollowed-out space and seals the tooth with a temporary filling. 

In John’s case, if he had waited much longer before seeing the dentist, he would have been at significant risk for losing the tooth or developing even more serious, life-threatening complications.

We Provide Comfortable, Stress-Free Root Canals

man smiling after a root canal help relieve this painWhen faced with the prospect of a root canal, you couldn’t be in better hands than you are with Dr. Byron Carr. With over 30 years of dentistry experience and advanced training and education, he performs efficient, comfortable root canal treatment. 

If you are a nervous patient or just want to relax through your treatment, we are certified to safely deliver sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. With a gentle, caring dentist, and a team of compassionate professionals serving you, we’ll ensure that you have the most comfortable, stress-free experience possible.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

In addition to tooth pain, common symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth include jaw pain and swelling, a raised bump on the gums, tooth sensitivity to touch and temperature, and a bad odor or taste in your mouth. 

If you experience any of these and think you need an emergency root canal, please call our Hemet or Temecula dental office and speak with our team. The sooner you call, the sooner we can provide the relief you desperately need.