dental procedure involving the removal of the soft center of the tooth, the pulp
What are some common symptoms?
You may need to see a root canal doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- A tooth that is tender when it is touched
- A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth)
- Pus drainage in your mouth
- Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
Sometimes an endodontic problem can exist without warning signs. A digital X-ray taken during a routine dental checkup will reveal tooth damage in these cases.
What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the diseased pulp along with the nerve (located within a tooth’s root canal). Your tooth’s pulp chamber and root canal(s) are then cleaned, medicated, and sealed. A dental crown or other restorative treatment protects and strengthens the tooth.
What happens after I am diagnosed?
After reviewing a digital X-ray of your tooth, our associate will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure, recommend a treatment plan, discuss it with you, and answer your questions. If root canal surgery is needed:
- A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area
- A small, protective sheet called a “dental dam” is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure
- An opening is made in the top of the tooth, and your dentist will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling
- The root canal is cleaned, drugged, and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material (gutta percha)
- A temporary filling is placed pending your return to your general dentist
- Your general dentist will then place a permanent restoration, such as a crown, to protect the tooth
Schedule your Root Canal appointment
If you are ready to schedule your Root canal appointment or want to learn more about treatment costs and pricing, contact our office at (510) 969-4088