Despite popular belief, a root canal is not typically a painful procedure. In fact, it’s similar to having a cavity filled!
Root canal therapy may be the solution if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Inflamed/infected tooth (swelling or tenderness)
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Tooth trauma
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
When left untreated, these issues can lead to severe tooth decay that reaches the tooth’s root. This causes extensive damage to the tooth structure. If the damage is beyond what can be treated with a filling, performing a root canal preserves the tooth while retaining its original integrity.
A root canal is the procedure of extracting decayed pulp from the tooth’s inner canal, reshaping the canal and then restoring it with strengthened filler.
- The patient undergoes anesthesia
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth
- The tooth is opened to remove the infected or dead dental pulp
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals
- The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material
- A temporary covering is used for the access opening
Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
Do You Need a Root Canal in Fremont?
We work with each of our patients to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (510) 790-0590!