Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to common questions asked in our Endodontist Garden Grove clinic about endodontic treatments.

What is an endodontist?

An endodontist is a root canal therapy specialist, whose practice is limited to only root canal treatment. After undergraduate science training and four years of dental school, an additional two or three year of intensive specialty training are required in order that he or she may perform all aspects of endodontic therapy.

Endodontist Garden Grove, Dr. Richard E. Sprague perform a variety of procedures including root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.

What is a root canal therapy?

Root_CanalA root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root.

The smaller branches, referred to as accessory canals, are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. There may be one or two main canals within each root. Some teeth have more variable internal anatomy than others. This space is filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp.

The dental pulp is the tissue of which the dentin portion of the tooth is composed. The dental pulp helps complete formation of the secondary teeth (adult teeth) one to two years after eruption into the mouth. The dental pulp also nourishes and hydrates the tooth structure which makes the tooth more resilient, less brittle and less prone to fracture from chewing hard foods. Additionally, the dental pulp provides a hot and cold sensory function.

Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled.

In the situation that a tooth is considered so threatened (because of decay, cracking, etc.) that future infection is considered likely or inevitable, a pulpectomy, removal of the pulp tissue, is advisable to prevent such infection. Usually, some inflammation and/or infection is already present within or below the tooth. To cure the infection and save the tooth, the dentist drills into the pulp chamber and removes the infected pulp and then drills the nerve out of the root canal(s) with long needle-shaped drills. After this is done, the dentist fills each of the root canals and the chamber with an inert material and seals up the opening. This procedure is known as root canal therapy. With the removal of nerves and blood supply from the tooth, it is best that the tooth be fitted with a crown which increases the prognosis of the tooth by six times.

What will happen to my tooth after root canal therapy?

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Getting to the Root of Things With Your Endodontist of Garden Grove

Endodontist Garden Grove

If you think of your dentist as the primary caretaker—besides yourself—of your teeth, gums and mouth, think of your endodontist as the fixer-upper of the pulp that lies deep inside your tooth. All dentists are trained in root canal (endodontic) procedures in dental school.

But if your case requires special skills your dentist may refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who has undergone at least two years of additional training beyond dental school. This specialty training allows an endodontist to diagnose and treat diseases of the dental pulp and supporting structures as well as assess the overall structural integrity of particular teeth.

Endodontists are also trained to do root-end surgery, which may be necessary to save some compromised teeth. They have experience and training in finding causes of oral and facial pain that have been difficult to diagnose.

Tooth Anatomy

Hold up a mirror and take a look at one of your teeth. What’s visible represents only about one third of that tooth. The remaining two thirds is actually root. Under the hard, protective layers of enamel and dentin, in the hollow center of your tooth, is a soft tissue known as the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. When this pulp tissue becomes diseased, pain and infection may occur.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Inflammation, sensitivity and pain are all signs that the pulp may be infected and a root canal is needed to remove the pulp. Most people recognize they have a serious problem when a tooth becomes sensitive to heat or cold or when it hurts to bite down. Sometimes the tooth becomes discolored or the surrounding gums and tissues become swollen or tender. But in some cases, there are no symptoms at all.

The most common reasons for infection are deep cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma, which causes inflammation, will often show up as discoloration of the tooth. If infection of the pulp is left untreated, it can cause even greater pain and lead to an abscess and loss of the tooth. The dental pulp is the tissue that forms the hard tissues of the tooth. A fully developed tooth will continue to live and function normally even after the pulp is removed.

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Welcome to Endodontist Garden Grove

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You're probably visiting Endodontist Garden Grove website because your dentist or endodontist has said you need endodontic therapy, or a "root canal". If so, you're not alone. Over 14 million people need endodontic therapy every year. By scheduling endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth as a healthy foundation for chewing and biting for years to come.

If you've never had endodontic procedure, or if it's been several years since your last treatment, you may have questions or outdated expectations. Endodontist in Garden Grove Dr. Richard E. Sprague will help you to go over the root canal treatment method and make sure that your potential treatment is pain-free and successful, bringing you a better, healthier smile after just one visit.

Endodontist Garden Grove Experts

At Endodontist Garden Grove clinic, our patients receive top-quality treatment, care and information from a leading dental specialist Dr. Sprague. Root canal treatments are done if your tooth’s root has become infected as a result of tooth decay or breaks, leading to pain and inflammation in the area. The treatment requires cleaning out the root canal to avoid additional problems and save your tooth. When implemented by accredited endodontist, Dr. Richard E. Sprague, at our Endodontist Garden Grove  clinic, you can be certain that your smile is restored to show healthy and beautiful end results.

Root Canal Minus The Pain

By using the most up-to-date dental technologies as well as anesthetics, this includes skilled IV sedation, you absolutely no longer have to link root canal treatments with pain and discomfort. At Endodontist Garden Grove, you can easily talk about your ease and comfort levels with Dr. Sprague, specialized endodontist, who will get the proper pain relievers which work the best for you.

Dr. Richard Sprague has the experience and expertise in Endodontist Garden Grove clinic to guarantee a speedy and pain-free root canal, routinely finishing the treatment with successful outcomes in just a single visit and is less than 30 minutes.

Do not allow your fear of pain or discomfort to stop you from getting the dental care you deserve. Make an appointment with Endodontist Garden Grove  clinic for pain-free root canal treatment.

If you have been refered to Endodontist Garden Grove clinic, your dentists have shown their concern that you receive the finest endodontic care possible. Our goal is to provide unsurpassed quality in a compassionate environment of professionalism and clinical excellence. We hope to exceed your expectations.

We hope that the information provided here answers many of your questions about endodontic treatment. If you would like additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us at (714) 530-4920 or visit our main office at Garden Grove Dental Care.