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Offering Root Canals in a Comforting Environment

Tooth damage can come from anywhere. Maybe you were in an accident and chipped a tooth, or perhaps you have a decayed tooth causing you pain. If you’re dealing with any kind of damage or trauma to the teeth, you may need a root canal. At the office of Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, DDS, we offer top-notch root canal therapy to patients in Santa Barbara, CA and the surrounding communities. Our team is happy to walk you through the process and ensure you feel comfortable with every step of the procedure. Most patients report minimal discomfort! Learn more about this commonplace procedure and when you might need it.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canals are common dental procedures done to save damaged teeth and remove infection. This therapy allows us to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, restore your smile, and prevent further damage.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

In many cases, the need for a root canal will be obvious. Perhaps you’ve chipped a tooth down to the nerve, or you’ve been dealing with significant pain for days on end. But for some patients, an infection is harder to identify. At first, it might feel like just a minor toothache or run-of-the-mill sensitivity. That’s why it’s crucial to know all the main signs of infection—so you can identify a problem and get to the dentist as soon as possible. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, you may need root canal treatment:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain when chewing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Swollen gums
  • Tenderness around the mouth
  • Discoloration on the tooth
  • An unexplained, persistent pimple on the gums
  • Abscesses on the gums

Understanding the Root Canal Process

The team at the office of Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, DDS will evaluate your condition and determine whether a root canal is the best course of action. If we decide you need a root canal, we’ll explain the process in detail to alleviate any anxiety. Most of the time, we can complete your root canal treatment in just one visit, but some patients may need a second to finish placing the permanent crown. At the beginning of your appointment, we’ll numb the area around the affected tooth and make a small opening on the tooth’s surface. Then, we remove the infected pulp and clean out the inside of the tooth. Once we’re finished, we seal the hole with a permanent filling. After a day or two of recovery, your teeth will feel good as new!

Don’t Put Off a Root Canal!

While the idea of a root canal can be daunting at first, the benefits far outweigh any reservations. Putting off a root canal not only causes you additional (unnecessary) pain, but it can also lead to additional problems with your oral health. Here are just a few of the benefits of seeking prompt root canal therapy:

  • Eliminates pain
  • Prevents tooth loss
  • Improves the appearance of your smile
  • Stops jawbone deterioration
  • Prevents the spread of infection to other teeth
  • Causes minimal pain
  • Enhances overall oral health

What Does Root Canal Therapy Cost?

The cost of the root canal therapy procedure will vary depending on your circumstances. When pricing out our services, we consider the severity of your condition, how long the problem will take to correct, and what tools we’ll need to use. Our team is happy to discuss financial matters and help you navigate insurance to get the treatment you need.

Reach Out to Us Today

At the office of Jeffrey A. Stratford-Jones, DDS, we’re committed to being a leader in the dental field. We don’t want to be just your average dental clinic—we aim to stand out in the community. Our team is proud to have built a reputation as a trusted source of general dentistry treatments and restorative options. Whenever you enter our dental office, you can expect friendly staff, and comforting atmosphere, and above all, unmatched expertise. Contact us today to schedule your root canal procedure.

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