Do you have a toothache that won’t go away? You may need a root canal therapy. The very name of this procedure can cause anxiety for many dental patients, but you shouldn’t be afraid if you need a root canal in San Carlos, California. Rather than causing pain, root canals are designed to relieve the hurt and protect your teeth from further damage.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
- Does biting down cause pain?
- Do you have a tooth that is sensitive to temperature?
- Do you have a persistent toothache that won’t go away?
- Do you have sharp or shooting pains in your jaw that keep you up at night?
If you said yes to any of those questions, you may be in need of a root canal. The pain you are experiencing could be due to an infection of the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue at the center of your teeth. This tissue circulates blood and keeps your teeth healthy, but if it becomes infected then it can cause severe pain. There are multiple ways in which your dental pulp can become infected, and no matter the cause, the best solution is a root canal.
A root canal begins with numbing the area of the tooth to be worked on. If you are scared about the procedure, we also have sedation options available to help you relax. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Ghina Morad will begin by isolating the tooth and removing a small portion of your tooth in order to reach the dental pulp. Any infected dental pulp is then removed, and the tooth is filled using a latex-like material called gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed using a standard composite filling.
After a few days to allow for your mouth to recover, you should be able to eat and drink like normal without any more sensitivity or pain!