Root Canal Specialist

North Park Smiles

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Park, San Diego, CA

A root canal is a treatment that can save an infected tooth. Advancements in dental technology have vastly improved root canals, and these treatments are among the most popular services performed by Eduardo Díaz, DDS, and the team at North Park Smiles. If you suspect you need a root canal or a molar root canal, call their offices in the North Park area of San Diego and Chula Vista, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative treatment that can save an infected tooth. To understand a root canal, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. 

The outermost layer of your teeth is a strong, hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin. Beneath the dentin is an inner chamber filled with a soft tissue called pulp. 

Your pulp is filled with nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When you’re young, the pulp plays an important role in healthy tooth development. Once you reach adulthood, you no longer need the pulp. 

Pulp can become infected due to advanced decay, traumatic injury, or other factors. When that happens, a root canal is the only way to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Tooth pain is the primary symptom of an infected tooth. That pain can be sharp or dull, and constant or intermittent, and might worsen when you chew. Over time, this discomfort can eventually become unbearable. 

Some other signs of an infected tooth or molar include:

  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Darkening of your tooth or gums
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Pimple-like sore on your gums
  • Swollen or tender gums

If you notice these changes, schedule a visit to North Park Smiles to determine if a root canal is the right course of action. 

What happens during a root canal?

When you come for a root canal at North Park Smiles, your dentist first provides a numbing medication to eliminate sensation in the treatment area. Once the medication takes effect, your dentist creates a small access hole in the crown of your tooth. 

Your dentist uses slim instruments to clear out all traces of the infected pulp. They then rinse the emptied chamber and eliminate any lingering bacteria with a dental laser. 

Your dentist then inserts a special material into the cleansed tooth chamber before a tiny filling closes the access hole. All visible portions of the treated tooth are covered with a custom crown. North Park Smiles offers same-day crowns, so you may be able to leave with your new crown in place. 

A molar root canal restores your back teeth, which have two roots. A root canal can also be performed on your front teeth, which only have a single root. 

Learn more about root canal procedures during a consultation at North Park Smiles. Call or book an appointment online today.