Yes, we can preserve severely damaged teeth!

Prevent tooth loss with specialized root canal therapy by answering these 5 FAQs

Welcome to Sonoma Smiles, where your friends will provide you with dental insights on how to save you from severe tooth decay. In addition to working with you to prevent diseases and damage, we also offer high-quality dental restorations and other treatments onsite. We surround ourselves with some of the best specialists in the area. If necessary, we may refer you to our endodontist partner for root canal treatment. Our specialist for endodontic care is conveniently located just one block from our office in Rohnert Park, California.

What is an “endodontist”?

There are a dozen dental specialties that are recognized within the profession. Dentists can specialize in endodontics, focusing on diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries inside a tooth. The terms’ endo’ and ‘odon’ originate from the Greek words for ‘inside’ and ‘tooth,’ respectively. So, endodontists have the additional training and experience beyond dental school to accurately assess dental pain, the source of that pain, and other distressing symptoms associated with severe disease and injuries to the teeth. They also invest in state-of-the-art technologies for precise, painless, and safe treatment.

What is root canal treatment?

This is the nonsurgical procedure performed by endodontists. Think of treatment as a “deep cleaning” for the inside of a badly damaged tooth. Your specialist accesses the innermost parts of the troublesome tooth by making an opening in the crown. Once the pulp tissue is accessed, it is gently yet precisely removed. Once the damaged connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and infection are removed, the source of pain is eliminated, and you no longer feel the ache in your tooth. The root canals formerly containing the pulp are also thoroughly sterilized, reshaped, and sealed with a filling material.

How do I care for my tooth?

You will be provided with instructions on after-care. It is essential to restore the treated tooth with a dental crown. Our dentist, Dr. Wayne Sutton, is adept at walking patients through their options for crowns and other dental restorations. Getting the tooth crowned promptly helps prevent future damage. The tooth is strengthened and no longer vulnerable. Plus, by following all instructions for after-care, you encourage healthy healing. Root canal treatment failures can also be avoided through this procedure.

Illustration of root canals

What other alternatives do I have?

Root canal therapy is a tried-and-true method of preserving teeth with severe decay and trauma. We strive to avoid the removal or extraction of any essential teeth. Even though it has a 95-plus-percent success rate, root canal treatment is inappropriate for each and every “case.” In some cases, the tooth may not heal properly following therapy. In these and other cases, your specialist may recommend other endodontic procedures. These surgical procedures include apicoectomy, which is simply the medical term for “root-end resection” (when the tip of a tooth’s root is removed to resolve persistent inflammation and infection once and for all).

What if my tooth doesn’t heal or isn’t a suitable “candidate”?

Sonoma Smiles is here to help! Dr. Sutton has demonstrated his expertise in various modern forms of tooth replacement, such as dental implants. He achieved a fellowship distinction with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. If your natural tooth cannot be restored, he can rebuild it with an implant in a way that looks and feels like the “real thing.”

No matter your needs, partnering with our team in Rohnert Park, CA, will ensure that you are in exceptionally capable hands. Call us at (707) 868-0666 with additional and specific questions today!

The Truth About Painless Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

Dr. Sutton is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Sonoma County

About Dr. Wayne Sutton

A renowned cosmetic dentist in Sonoma County, Dr. Sutton has over 20 years of experience and maintains a standard of excellence at his implant center using the strongest dental implant bridge currently available to provide predictable full mouth dental implant reconstructions.

Dr. Sutton received his postgraduate at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco and his doctorate and three years of experience as a clinical instructor from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1997, where he was the only one to receive the “Clinical Excellence Award”. He also studied Advanced Occlusion at the Hornbrook Group and earned his Fellowship in the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics.

Today, Dr. Sutton takes over 4 times the annual continuing education requirements to maintain his license. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (awarded his Fellowship), the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowships status), the American Dental Implant Association (Diplomat status), the American Dental Association, the American Academy for Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a select cosmetic dentist recognized as an Official Dentist of the Mrs. Globe – Mrs. USA Pageants.