Root Canal Treatment

If there’s one dental procedure patients don’t like to hear about, it’s root canals. Especially if you find out you need one!

The truth is, root canal therapy in Castro Valley, CA is actually a helpful treatment that eliminates tooth infections and helps to preserve your natural tooth. The problem is that when you need a root canal, your tooth is probably suffering from a painful infection, and this is why most people associate root canals with pain.

Eliminating Tooth Pain and Infection

During root canal treatment, Dr. Chen will carefully remove the diseased tissue from inside your tooth. Some medication is used to help combat the infection and your tooth is sealed with a temporary filling to give it time to heal.

After root canal treatment, your tooth is not as strong as it once was and will need to be rebuilt with a crown to strengthen it. A crown will give you back all the function your tooth had and the aesthetics you want for a beautiful smile.

Why the Procedure Doesn’t Hurt

Contrary to the stories you may have heard, root canal therapy is comfortable and pain-free due to dental anesthetics used to numb the surrounding area. Dental anesthetics also relieve the pain caused by your infection so you’ll have almost immediate relief.

Dr. Chen uses rotary endodontic technology when performing root canals, which are hand tools that make the procedure more comfortable. These tools are electric, which makes the procedure more efficient; they are also made of titanium, which is flexible and makes accessing the canal in your tooth easier.

Simple Tips for Avoiding Root Canals

Did you know that you can take measures to protect yourself from a tooth infection? With regular dental checkups, we are able to detect tooth decay in its early phases. Early detection allows you to treat your tooth with a simple and less invasive filling.

It is when tooth decay is ignored or left undiagnosed that it can progress into the nerve of your tooth and cause an infection. By being proactive about your six month cleanings and checkups with your dentist in Castro Valley, and maintaining a diligent home care routine, you can avoid situations like a painful tooth infection.

If you notice your tooth feeling sensitive when chewing, biting, or if it reacts to temperature, it’s also a good idea to schedule a dental examination. This could be indicating decay in your tooth, and you may still be able to treat the tooth with a filling if it’s caught earlier rather than later.

Contact Ava Chen, DDS

If you do find yourself with a painful toothache, we encourage you to call our dental office right away. An infected tooth that is not treated can only result in bigger problems.

Contact our Castro Valley dental office at (510) 886-3888 for prompt and comfortable emergency care.