Root Canals in Escondido, CA
Root canals are very common procedures. Over 15 million people in America have a root canal every single year. Modern root canals are minimally-invasive and relatively painless. Despite these facts, they have a bit of a bad reputation. But there’s nothing to fear at the office of Douglas G. Hope, DDS, FAGD. If you need root canal therapy in Escondido, Dr. Hope is one of the best dentists in town.
Understanding Root Canals
Root canal therapy is required for patients who are suffering from significant levels of tooth decay. If you have an untreated cavity, the infection can spread to the nerve “pulp” that is below the hard enamel and dentin of your tooth.
When this pulp becomes inflamed, it can be very painful. If this condition is left untreated, the tooth will “rot” from the inside out.
Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp and all of the bacteria present in your tooth. Then, the tooth is filled or capped, and the procedure is complete. In fact, the entire process is similar to that of a dental filling.
Root Canal Process
Dr. Hope will begin by cleaning your tooth, and then isolating it with a dental dam. A drill is used to make a small opening in the enamel, allowing access to the infected tissue and pulp. Then, small tools are used to scrape away all of the infected pulp within the tooth.
After this, a disinfectant is used to clean the inside of the tooth, and a material called “gutta percha”, which is very rubberlike and strong, is used to fill the tooth. This material simulates the original pulp, providing structure and support.
Finally, a filling or temporary crown is put in place. You’ll come back in a few weeks for a permanent crown, once the tooth has healed. There is minimal pain and discomfort, and the procedure can usually be done within 90 minutes.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
- Prevents tooth loss – If you do not treat an infected tooth, it’s only a matter of time before it dies and falls out. If this happens, an expensive tooth restoration such as a dental bridge, partial denture, or a dental implant will be required. And if you choose to not restore your missing tooth, you may suffer from bite problems, teeth shifting, and a number of other oral health issues.
- Relieves pain from toothache – An infected tooth is incredibly painful, and can seriously impact your day-to-day life. A root canal is the only way to relieve the pain of a severely infected tooth.
- Inexpensive and covered by most dental plans – A root canal is typically covered by dental insurance providers. And the cost is much less expensive than a dental implant or a dental bridge.
Dental Services in Escondido
If you are suffering from a toothache, have noticed increased sensitivity to heat and cold, or are having trouble chewing, you may have an infected tooth.
Schedule a root canal in San Marcos or Escondido with Dr. Douglas Hope today. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely we are to be able to save your tooth, and relieve the pain of your toothache. See our testimonials to learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry and endodontics.
Contact us today for an appointment at (760) 480-8883, or come to visit us in person at 511 East 2nd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.
"Dr. Hope has been my dentist for over 7 years. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I trusted him to do significant veneer work several years ago. My smile changed and I have been very happy with the results."
“Dr. Hope and his team are a great mix. They work well together and are very aware on making sure you have as little pain as possible. My family has been going for years and wouldn't go anywhere else.”
“I've been a patient at Dr. Hope's office for almost 15 years and have referred several of my friends. The hygienists have always been super friendly and gentle. In addition to typical dental work and my regular cleanings, I did Invisalign and was very happy with the whole process. ”
“Dr. Hope and his staff are the best. I have been a patient there since he took over the practice from Dr. Chatton. I'm not sure how long but I've been seeing Dr. Hope for at least 10 years or more. He is a great dentist who is very knowledgeable and has the most up to date equipment.”
“Dr. Hope & his staff are always so welcoming and professional. They make you feel like family and they make it a point to get to know you personally. The reason I decided to give Dr. Hope my business was because I found out that he gave back to our community.”
“Dr. Hope and his wonderful Staff are just the BEST!!! Dr. Hope and his awesome assistant, George, are very attentive, compassionate, accommodating, caring, funny, but first and foremost HONEST!!!”
“Dr. Hope and his team are wonderful! He is an amazing dentist! Everyone is so nice! I am always welcomed with big smiling faces! I will refer everyone I know to his office!”
“I have been going to Dr. Hope for quite some time now, and always feel so at ease. Dr. Hope is funny and just makes you feel relaxed while there! This is a very friendly office and as long as I'm living anywhere near San Diego I will be going to this dental practice, hopefully Dr. Hope won't be retiring any time soon (he's too young)!!!”
“We always feel like family when in Dr. Hopes office. Each staff member treats us with professionalism and with the best personalized care. They have helped my sensitivity problem to be non existent with the treatments they provide.”