Orthodontics and General Dentistry
Reza Kasiri, DDS
General Dentist located in Pacific Beach, North Park, San Diego, CA
A root canal procedure can often save a tooth that's heavily damaged by infection -- even if tooth loss may have seemed like it was inevitable. At Orthodontics and General Dentistry, Dr. Reza Kasiri is a highly experienced North Park, Pacific Beach, San Diego area dentistry provider who regularly saves teeth by performing root canals using safe and effective techniques that are designed to minimize discomfort.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
Root canals are procedures that remove the central portion of the tooth, the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue that form the support system for teeth.
A root canal treatment is similar to a traditional filling, but it's more complex because it reaches deeper into the tooth structure to extract deep decay.
When do you need a root canal?
A root canal is necessary when decay or other damage extends so far into the tooth structure that it threatens the health of the tooth or risks widespread infection.
Although the nerves and other supportive tissues may require removal during the procedure, a root canal can help save the tooth structure. If you're dealing with severe decay or damage and you want to avoid extraction or prosthetic teeth, a root canal is often the best option.
How is a root canal performed?
Dr. Kasiri performs a root canal in much the same way he does a regular filling, but during a root canal, he uses specialized instruments and techniques to access the deeper parts of the tooth that have become decayed.
After removing the damaged pulp, Dr. Kasiri performs a complete cleaning of the tooth to eliminate any lingering particles of infected tissue. He may apply special medicine to the tooth's interior before filling the area with a sterile packing material to discourage future infection.
In most cases, Dr. Kasiri places a temporary crown over the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth and conceals any discoloration that may occur after he removes the nerve. The temporary crown is typically replaced with a permanent custom crown later.
What are the signs that you might need a root canal?
Signs can include:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks
- Persistent pain in or around the tooth
- Pain that worsens when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Swelling in the gum around the tooth
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Kasiri can perform an exam and X-rays to determine whether a root canal is right for you.
Dr. Kasiri specializes in minimally painful root canals, so don't hesitate to get the help you need. Make an appointment with the online appointment tool or call the office anytime.