Root Canal Specialist

Soft Touch Dentistry

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Greenhaven, Pocket Area, Sacramento, CA

Let’s face it, root canals have a pretty bad name when it comes to dental procedures. Considering that the goal of a root canal treatment is to save your tooth, you might think differently about it, especially if you have the procedure performed by one of the dental professionals at Soft Touch Dentistry in Sacramento, California. Using state-of-the-art techniques combined with a family-friendly atmosphere, Soft Touch Dentistry takes the pain and anxiety out of root canal work. Call now to make an appointment to relieve your pain and save your tooth. Se Habla Español.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

To best understand why a root canal treatment is needed, it’s a good idea to understand the basic anatomy of your teeth, which are made up of:

  • Enamel: the outer protective layer of your tooth
  • Dentin: the inner structure of your tooth, which comes between the enamel and the pulp
  • Pulp: the pulp is a soft area inside your tooth that houses your nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and extends down into the roots of your teeth
  • Roots: the roots of your teeth attach your teeth to your jawbone

If your pulp is damaged, bacteria can get into the area and cause an infection or an abscess. Left untreated, these infections can become quite serious and cause bone loss around the root of your tooth, which effectively kills the tooth. Worse still, the infection can spread into your jawbone.

What causes problems with root canals?

The main culprits of root canal issues are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Excessive dental work on your tooth
  • A crack or chip in your tooth
  • A large filling

What are the symptoms or a root canal issue?

The biggest indicator of an issue in your pulp is pain, which can be moderate to severe, especially when you apply pressure to the area. Beyond the pain, you may also notice:

  • Swelling and tenderness in your gums
  • Heat and cold sensitivity
  • Discoloration of your tooth
  • A pimple on your gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call to make an appointment at Soft Touch Dentistry to get to the bottom of the issue and start treatment.

What does a root canal procedure involve?

When discussing a root canal treatment, it’s good to remember that the treatment is designed to relieve your pain, not cause you any. In fact, modern root canal treatments are as painless as getting a filling. A typical root canal treatment follows these steps:

  • The dentist takes an X-ray to pinpoint the problem
  • He drills a hole and removes the pulp, bacteria, and any foreign matter
  • The dentist seals the area with a paste and a rubber compound
  • The dentist restores your tooth with a crown or filling

The dentist performs these steps over the course of one to three treatments, depending on the severity of the problem and whether a crown is required. The staff at Soft Touch Dentistry outlines your procedure in advance so you know what to expect.