Root Canal

Sac Dentist

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Sacramento, CA

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Sac Dentist wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Their dental professionals do root canals daily in Sacramento, California. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Sac Dentist takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This way, they can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

How can the root of a tooth become infected?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity left untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread further and lead to other health complications.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • A painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How does a root canal work?

One of the highly trained dentists at Sac Dentist can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

One of the dentists at Sac Dentist will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Occasionally, they stick a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After your tooth gets numbed, the dentist makes a tiny cut in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

Next, your dentist removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files, then washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all the infected material is removed, your dentist either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call Sac Dentist or schedule a consultation online.