Root canal treatment (also called endodontic therapy) is a type of restorative procedure that repairs infected or dying teeth from the inside. Rather than patch over the outer surfaces of damaged teeth, root canals treat abscesses and pain at their source: the dental nerve. Visited us for trusted and gentle root canal therapy in Rohnert Park.

When Do You Need A Root Canal?

Endodontic treatment is often the last line of defense when it comes to saving badly damaged teeth. If a tooth shows signs of significant structural damage, decay, or abscessing, the nerve inside of it is compromised. Covering the tooth with a crown would simply trap bacteria inside of the tooth, leading to recurring abscesses. Instead, the dying nerve tissue needs to be removed and the tooth sealed off to prevent reinfection. That’s exactly what root canal therapy provides. Without one, the tooth will continue to decompose until extraction is the only option left.

During your exam, we’ll take a high-resolution digital X-ray to determine the extent of any decay or abscessing to help you decide whether a root canal is required.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Modern endodontic therapy is more efficient and gentler than ever. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and comfortable techniques, our Rohnert Park dentist can complete your root canal treatment in a manner similar to getting other routine dental work completed.

Plus, you can always elect to add sedation to your appointment if you want extra peace of mind. Root canal therapy helps to eliminate the source of tooth pain, and not cause additional discomfort.

Illustration of root canals

What To Expect During The Procedure

At your root canal appointment, we’ll gently numb the tooth being treated so that you won’t have to feel anything other than a small amount of pressure. A small access point is made to reach the infected nerve tissues and remove them from the center of the tooth. From there, we clean the hollow canals, medicate them, and seal them off to prevent reinfection. Since there are no remaining nerve tissues, your tooth won’t be responsive to any stimuli after the procedure is complete.

Some Things To Keep In Mind

Although endodontically-treated teeth are no longer “alive” per se, they can still succumb to wear or decay. We recommend flossing and brushing your tooth daily to keep the area healthy. Additionally, all root canal-treated teeth will also require a protective crown to minimize the risk of breakage due to their brittle enamel. A crown will help distribute the biting pressure evenly across your tooth, allowing it to function at its full potential for several more years.

Get An Honest Opinion

At Sonoma Smiles, our highly experienced Rohnert Park dentist treats your smile the same way we would our own. Your comfort and long-term results are vital to us. Contact our office today to reserve a consultation.

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.