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Do I need a Root Canal

Over 15 million Americans undergo a root canal each year to repair infected or inflamed tooth pulp. Removing the pulp from the center of your tooth can prevent extraction and stop the infection from spreading. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley, cosmetic and general dentists Aref Natour, DDS, Nisha Krishnaiah, DDS, and the team offer root canal therapy onsite. Call the office in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California, to request a root canal consultation, or book one online today. 

What is a root canal?

During a root canal, your dentist uses special tools to remove the pulp –– a mixture of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels –– from the center of a permanent tooth. Eliminating your pulp eases uncomfortable symptoms, stops the infection from spreading, and preserves your permanent tooth.

When is root canal therapy necessary?

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley, the team uses root canal therapy to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp caused by:

  • Untreated cavities
  • Extensive dental work
  • Chips, cracks, and other types of visible enamel damage
  • Oral trauma

If you develop symptoms, such as tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact your dentist immediately.

What does a root canal involve?

Traditional root canal therapy required two visits, several weeks apart. But the Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley team provides same-day root canals. The practice has a CEREC® milling machine on site, and the providers can manufacture custom dental crowns in under an hour.

Before recommending a root canal, your dentist completes an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If you have a severely damaged or decaying tooth, then you qualify for treatment.

Your dentist numbs your mouth with an anesthetic and removes the pulp from the center of your tooth with special tools. Next, they rinse your tooth out with a cleaning solution and fill it with a soft material. When the material dries, your dentist takes impressions of your tooth. Then, they upload the impressions to the CEREC milling machine.

The CEREC milling machine uses your impressions to create a custom crown from a block of ceramic. While the machine mills the crown, you can read, watch TV, or take a nap. 

When your CEREC 1-day crown is finished, your dentist bonds it on top of your tooth, checks your bite, and provides care instructions.

What is recovery like after a root canal?

After a root canal, your mouth and gums may feel sore when the anesthesia wears off. Drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, and take anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Avoid biting down on your CEREC crown for at least 24 hours. Follow the team’s recovery instructions and continue brushing and flossing as normal.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley to see if you can benefit from root canal therapy, or book a consultation online today.

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