Root Canal Treatment Pacifica CA
If you’ve been told you need root canal treatment, it probably means that you’re also in pain. Unfortunately, it is this pain that’s created the horror stories you’ve heard about root canals over the years.
The truth is that it’s a tooth infection that’s causing your pain. Root canal treatment not only relieves your discomfort but also saves your tooth from extraction.
Here’s what you should know about root canal treatment in Pacifica.
What Causes a Tooth Infection?
Tooth infections are often the result of tooth decay moving beyond your tooth enamel and into the pulp and nerve inside your tooth. Trauma or a tooth fracture can also cause tooth infection. This type of infection is excruciating because it’s affecting the nerve in your tooth, and unfortunately, the infection won’t resolve without treatment.
Some signs that your tooth is infected may be:
- Tooth pain that is constant and persistent
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures in your mouth
- A foul smell or taste in your mouth
- A bump or blister on your gums
- Swelling or pain in your jaw
If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s best to contact your dentist right away. A tooth infection that is left untreated only gets worse and could result in tooth loss.
Does Root Canal Treatment Hurt?
Keeping you comfortable and pain-free is our team’s primary goal. Our dentists will numb your infected tooth with dental anesthetics to relieve your pain and ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure.
During a root canal, our dentists carefully remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth. Once your tooth is infection-free, they’ll seal it with a temporary filling allowing it time to heal.
After your tooth heals completely, you’ll return to Cabrillo Family Dental Care to have it rebuilt with a dental crown. Protecting your tooth with a crown following root canal treatment ensures that you can eat and chew with ease again.
Most patients are surprised to find that root canal treatment is comfortable, efficient, and feels better fast.
You Can Avoid Root Canals
Did you know that you can avoid certain tooth infections? It's true! With routine teeth cleanings and checkups every six months, our dentists can help you avoid the need for procedures like root canal treatment.
During your examination, Dr. Henspetter or Dr. Jen Kin will check your teeth for any early signs of developing tooth decay or old restorations that may no longer be holding up. They’ll make you aware of these concerns as early as possible so you may be able to treat your tooth decay with a less complicated procedure like a dental filling.
If you or a loved one is in pain, don’t wait to call Cabrillo Family Dental Care at (650) 359-1646 for prompt care. You can also contact us if it’s time to schedule your next preventive dental appointment.