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1010 E. Chapman Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831

Do I Need a Root Canal or Extraction?

Root canal treatments remove the infected dental pulp from within a tooth. The dental pulp consists of the nerves and blood vessels that keep teeth alive. In many cases, we must remove severely infected and damaged teeth and replace them with dental implants. If you have infected teeth but don’t know which treatment you need, we can help. Our dental office can treat patients with tooth decay in Fullerton, CA. Whether you need a root canal or tooth extraction, we ensure you feel comfortable during your treatment.

Tooth Decay in Fullerton, California

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Root canals are procedures that remove infected dental pulp. The dental pulp within the tooth contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. Once a bacterial infection enters the tooth, it compromises the pulp. To save the tooth, we must remove the infected pulp.

To begin root canal treatment, we numb the treated area. Then, we make a small hole in the tooth to access the tooth chamber. We remove the infected pulp and then clean and disinfect the tooth. Finally, we fill the tooth with a dental filling. Typically, we recommend white fillings that blend in with the appearance of natural teeth.

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Patients with tooth decay and cavities will need to remove a tooth or teeth if they have severe symptoms. If the tooth is not viable, or if the tooth is too weakened, we may need to remove it for the health of your other natural teeth. We will take dental x-rays and examine the smile to determine if you need extraction treatment.

We always use local anesthetic and can use dental sedation for tooth extractions. Removing tooth abscesses ensures that other teeth are not lost due to decay.

Prevent and Treat Tooth Decay in Fullerton, CA

One of the best ways to prevent a dental infection is to brush and floss daily. Flossing before brushing can remove food debris and bacteria between teeth so patients can better clean their teeth and gums. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will keep your mouth healthy.

We offer deep cleaning treatments using the latest dental tools at regular dental visits. Our hygienists use sterilized stainless steel to remove hardened plaque from between teeth.

Do you have tooth decay? Request your next dental appointment with Dr. Patel online. You can call Fullerton Craft Smiles at (714) 888-7008. Please let us know if you have any concerns about tooth decay or an abscessed tooth. We’re here to help you get the best care possible.