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By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Today's root canal procedures are more precise and comfortable than ever before, especially when your dentist is Dr. Cecile Sebastian in root canalHonolulu, HI. An expert in neuromuscular dentistry and advanced restorative treatments, Dr. Sebastian uses root canal therapy to save compromised teeth, bringing them back to full form and function. Do you need a root canal?

Why would you need root canal therapy?

There are many reasons: advanced decay, infection, loss of tooth structure and more. The rationale is simple: save the tooth to preserve smile aesthetics, the ability to bite, chew and speak effectively and to avoid gaps which compromise adjoining teeth.

Dentists recommend extraction only when a tooth is damaged beyond repair. So, root canal therapy is a great alternative, so much so that more than 15 million of these simple treatments were performed last year alone in the US, says the American Association of Endodontists.

The treatment and aftercare

The procedure removes the interior pulp from each of a tooth's slender canals situated in each root (large molars have four). Dr. Sebastian cleans and disinfects the canals, sealing them with biocompatible gutta-percha to avoid additional contamination with harmful bacteria. Then, a temporary crown protects the tooth as it heals.

After healing is complete, the patient returns to the Honolulu, HI, dental office where Dr. Sebastian removes the temporary restoration, replacing it with a custom-made porcelain crown. Amazingly, teeth restored with root canal function well without their interior pulp and with good care remain strong and healthy. Just brush twice a day as usual and floss every day, too, to keep the site free of plaque and tartar.

Miscellaneous facts about root canal therapy

  1. Dr. Sebastian will examine your tooth with X-rays and visual inspection and also ask you about the onset, kind and severity of your symptoms.
  2. Many people who need root canal therapy have tremendous toothaches, drainage, reddened gums and swollen jaws. Thankfully, root canal therapy relieves all these problems, and because the dentist uses a local anesthetic, patients are completely comfortable throughout the procedure.
  3. The procedure takes just two visits. Length of the visits varies by how many canals the affected tooth has.

Keep that tooth

Yes, you'll be glad you had a root canal. If you're worried about a tooth, don't wait. Call Dr. Sebastian's office team to schedule an appointment: (808) 537-2880.

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Dr. Cecile D. Sebastian

Dr. Sebastian is a dedicated professional who enjoys the practice of dentistry. Together with her enthusiastic team, they are able to deliver the most advanced procedures and techniques that dentistry has to offer in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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