Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentistry located in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA
If you suffer from a toothache, you might need a root canal. Alex Pastel, DDS, Leah Life, DDS, and the expert dental team at Pastel Dental in San Francisco, California, perform root canals to get rid of an infection and save your tooth. If you live in the Laurel Heights area, schedule an appointment if you’re having pain or issues with your teeth. Call or use the online booking tool.
Root Canals Q & A
What are root canals?
Root canals treat the interior portion of your tooth called the pulp. It contains nerves, tissues, and blood vessels that support your tooth’s health. It goes from the center of your tooth down into the roots, navigating through small channels.
When the root gets damaged from decay or trauma, a root canal can remove the infected pulp and restore your tooth.
How do root canals work?
A root canal procedure involves the following:
- Remove the outer layers of your tooth to access the pulp
- Remove the damaged or infected pulp
- Place a rubber-like substance in the canal
- Seal the canal with an adhesive cement
Your dentist then prepares the surface of your tooth for a crown to protect its structural integrity and to keep it strong. The crown also helps maintain a white appearance.
Once the crown is placed, your tooth has been completely restored.
Do root canals hurt?
The highly trained team at Pastel Dental uses advanced pain management techniques to help you feel comfortable throughout your procedure. Local anesthetics and sedation methods help prevent any feelings of pain.
Before your root canal, you can talk with your dentist about your preferences for pain management.
After your procedure, your pain can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
What can I expect after my root canal?
You can expect the affected area in your mouth to remain numb for a few hours after your treatment. Once your mouth “wakes up,” your tooth might feel quite sensitive, which may last for a few days. It takes some time for the swelling from an infection to go down, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen.
The team at Pastel Dental monitors your recovery closely to ensure your full healing and long-lasting results. When your tooth is fully restored, it has a natural appearance and you can comfortably bite down and chew again without any sensitivity.
If you experience any complications or long-lasting pain, call the office immediately. You can count on a quick response from the Pastel Dental team.
Don’t let your tooth pain linger. Call the Laurel Heights office today to book your appointment or use the online booking tool for your convenience.