Root Canals

Unlike what TV and movies portray root canals, they are very comfortable procedures. Although other scenarios require root canals, usually a tooth will need a root canal if a cavity has gotten so big that it has affected the nerve of the tooth. Root canals are a good option that allow our patients to save their natural teeth instead of pulling a tooth.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal treatment usually involves one visit but may include more than one. During the procedure, Dr Safaei or an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) will remove the damaged parts inside of the tooth. The inside is thoroughly cleaned and irrigated and filled with an inert material. Finally, a build up is bonded to the remaining tooth structure to help support a crown. A crown will strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage.

If you have any questions about Root Canals please contact our office.