What is a Root Canal and Do I Need One?

Patients hear the phrase “root canal” and they often automatically fear the worst. Root canals have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but the truth is that a root canal is often needed to save an infected tooth, and promote overall oral health. If left untreated, you could experience pain in the area, and the tooth itself may have to be extracted. The infection might even develop an abscess, which can damage the bone around the tooth.

Some signs that you might need a root canal include: severe tooth pain, sensitivity to temperature, and swelling or pain in your gums. You might also notice that the tooth is starting to get darker.

Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi may recommend a root canal in cases in which the pulp inside of the tooth has become infected. The pulp is the soft tissue inside of the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. The infection may have been caused by a cavity, a crack in the tooth, or other injuries. During the root canal, Dr. Saghezchi will remove the infected pulp, clean the inside of the chamber and then seal it. Usually, a root canal will require 1-3 office visits.

Remember that Mill Valley Dental in Mill Valley, California wants to help you keep your teeth healthy. If you notice any of those symptoms, call 415-578-5879 for an examination. If you come in to see us, we might be able to avoid a root canal, so it is important that you contact us at the first sign that something may not be right with your teeth. During your visit, Dr. Saghezchi will examine your teeth and discuss what course of treatment will be the best for you.

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