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Root Canals Demystified: A Comprehensive InsightBy the dedicated team at Stephen Cheung DDS

When the term “root canal” is mentioned, it often brings a sense of worry. Yet, understanding this crucial dental procedure can greatly diminish any apprehension. At the office of Dr. Stephen Cheung in Lodi, patient comfort is the priority during root canal treatments.

Deciphering Root Canals

A root canal’s main objective is to rescue a severely infected tooth. The tooth’s pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues, might become inflamed or infected due to decay, fractures, trauma, or repetitive dental work. Left untreated, this can result in intense pain or lead to abscesses.

The Process of Root Canals

Diagnosis: Everything starts with a precise diagnosis. State-of-the-art X-rays allow Dr. Cheung and his team to see detailed images of the tooth and its adjacent bone, crafting a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs.

Preparation: Comfort is key. Local anesthesia numbs the affected tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a pain-free experience.

Procedure: A small opening in the tooth grants access to the infected pulp. This pulp is then carefully removed, and the chamber and canals are cleaned and disinfected. A biocompatible material fills and seals the space, protecting against future infections.

Post-treatment: A restoration often follows a root canal, typically involving a crown to bring back the tooth’s strength and visual appeal.

Busting Myths

The myth persists that root canals are excruciatingly painful. However, the procedure, skillfully performed at Stephen Cheung DDS, is designed to relieve the discomfort caused by the infection. Modern dental technology and effective anesthesia make receiving a root canal similar to getting a regular filling.

The Value of Root Canals

A root canal treatment is essential for preserving the natural tooth, ensuring effective chewing, natural sensation, and maintaining the appearance of the tooth. It also protects neighboring teeth from unnecessary wear or stress.

At the practice of Dr. Stephen Cheung, patient-focused care is at the core of what we do. In line with the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists, our mission is to keep our patients informed and comfortable throughout their dental treatments.


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