Root Canals

Selma Sunshine Dental

Mandeep Sandhu, DDS

Dentist located in Selma, CA

If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, a root canal can help restore the health of your tooth and relieve your discomfort. At Selma Sunshine Dental in Selma, California, Mandeep Sandhu, DDS, and his team provide safe, comfortable, and effective root canals. To find out if a root canal is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common procedure to treat infected tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is the area inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When infected, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity. 

A root canal procedure removes the infected pulp to help preserve the structure and function of the natural tooth.

Why might I need a root canal?

A number of oral health concerns can lead to infected tooth pulp. They include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Repeated treatments, like fillings

You may need a root canal if you experience:

  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Pimples on the gums

If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to an abscess, a puss-filled pocket near the tooth’s root that must be drained to remove the infection.  

What happens during a root canal?

Root canals are performed in one or two visits. Your dentist first takes X-rays to determine the status of the infected tooth. Next, your dentist uses local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. 

A small access hole is drilled in the crown of the tooth, allowing removal of the infected pulp and bacteria. Once the infected tooth is cleaned out, the tooth is filled with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, and the access hole is sealed. 

Are root canals painful?

Although the procedure is quite painless, many patients are apprehensive about getting a root canal. Root canals help relieve the pain and sensitivity caused by infected tooth pulp. They’re performed using local anesthesia and can be compared to other routine treatments like fillings. 

What's the aftercare for a root canal?

It’s normal to experience increased sensitivity a few days after your procedure. To allow the area to heal, avoid hard foods, aggressive brushing, and smoking. 

During your follow-up visit, your dentist checks the progress of your tooth and discusses options for restoration. A dental crown is routinely used to improve the structure and appearance of treated teeth. 

To find out if a root canal is right for you, book an appointment at Selma Sunshine Dental by phone or online today.