Root Canal

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

Dental Implant Specialists & General Dentists located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA

More than 15 million root canals are performed each year to treat infected pulp inside of teeth. At Gateway Smiles & Implant Center, Dr. Azita Vakili and Dr. Meeve Chie offer root canal treatment that strengthens your affected tooth and provides pain relief from infection. Without root canal treatment, the damaged pulp can worsen and lead to losing teeth. To schedule a root canal, call or use the online booking tool today and make an appointment at the Poway, California, office.

Root Canal Q & A

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a very common dental procedure that treats an infection. When the pulp inside your tooth gets infected with bacteria due to an injury or an untreated cavity, it can cause painful symptoms. Root canal treatment removes the diseased pulp and restores your healthy tooth. Without root canal treatment, infected pulp inside your tooth can cause oral decay or tooth loss.

How does a root canal work?

Your dentist numbs your tooth with sedative using a needle. This can cause a brief pinching sensation. Once your tooth is numb, they place a small rubber sheet around your tooth that keeps it clean and dry during root canal treatment.

Using a small drill, your dentist makes an opening in the top part of your affected tooth so they can access the pulp inside. Then your dentist uses surgical tools to remove the infected pulp inside your tooth. They may use water to wash away any leftover pulp, or special solution to destroy bacteria and lessen the risk of more infection.

The next step involves filling the inside of your tooth with a rubber-like material. Lastly, your dentist seals shut the opening in your tooth with a temporary filling.

Is a root canal painful?

A root canal is not painful. The pain you experience is from the infection inside your tooth that makes root canal treatment necessary. The procedure is done to relieve your pain and it’s essentially painless. The local anesthetic your dentist uses during root canal treatment numbs the affected tooth.

What happens after a root canal?

The most important part of your post-root canal recovery is practicing good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing regularly help take care of your teeth and gums and keep your recently treated tooth strong and healthy.

After root canal treatment, you need to schedule a follow-up visit with your dentist to monitor your treated tooth and ensure that the infection is completely gone. During your ongoing regular visits, exams, and cleanings, your dentist will continue to monitor your treated tooth.

You may also need to be fitted a crown at a follow-up appointment to provide protection for the affected tooth. With care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can remain healthy and strong for your entire life.

If you need root canal treatment, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office today.