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Root Canals

Grace Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA

It’s important to get a root canal if you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, since infected pulp can lead to serious pain and even health problems. If you have an abscess, are experiencing tooth pain, or know you need a root canal, contact Woo Young Lee, DDS, at Grace Dental Group in San Francisco, California. You can conveniently schedule a root canal evaluation at this Fillmore District dental practice directly through the website or you can call to schedule a visit.

Root Canals Q & A

What are the signs that I may need a root canal?

In many cases, you start experiencing symptoms that indicate that something is wrong with the pulp inside your tooth. The pulp contains tiny blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that help your tooth thrive. But if your pulp is diseased, you may experience any of the following issues:

  • Tooth discoloration 
  • Visible pus or blood
  • Severe throbbing pain
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to come in to Grace Dental Group as soon as possible for an evaluation. Your dedicated dentist performs a thorough examination and looks at X-rays to determine if a root canal is the proper treatment for you. 

Why is a root canal important?

A root canal involves removing all of the pulp inside your tooth. It’s important to remove the pulp if it’s infected to:

  • Eliminate tooth decay
  • Prevent health problems
  • Restore your tooth to a healthier state

Root canals leave your tooth intact and are usually a preferred treatment over extractions. Because your tooth stays in place, you won’t have to worry about any of your adjacent teeth shifting out of place. 

What is the root canal treatment like?

The compassionate dentists at Grace Dental Group specialize in the latest, most up-to-date root canal procedures, so you can experience little to no discomfort. There have been so many improvements in root canal techniques over the years, most patients explain that the treatment causes no more discomfort than getting a filling. 

During your root canal, your dentist removes all of the tooth’s diseased pulp by making an opening in your tooth. They thoroughly cleanse and disinfect the area. This is the most time-consuming part of a root canal, since removing every bit of material is critical; there must be no trace of infection or bacteria.

Your dentist then fills the space with a biocompatible gutta-percha material and closes the opening with a temporary filling. After a few weeks, you come back in to Grace Dental Group for a follow-up visit, so your dentist can check for any bacteria. They bond your permanent crown during this visit. 

For expert root canal care, contact Grace Dental Group today. Click on the online scheduling tool or call to book a root canal appointment.