Root Canal

Central Dental Care

Amrit S Basi, DMD

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Downtown Tracy, Tracy, CA

Contrary to what you’ve seen in movies and TV shows, root canals aren’t that bad. In fact, a root canal actually alleviates you from the great pain of an infected or damaged tooth. If you need a root canal, Amrit Basi, DMD, and the experts at Central Dental Care in Tracy, California, can help. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

Why would I need a root canal?

A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure to treat tooth pulp that’s damaged or infected. This typically happens if you neglect to treat a cavity caused by tooth decay and allow the decay to burrow all the way through your enamel and to the inside of your tooth. 

Your tooth pulp can also become compromised by a deep restoration or physical trauma to your tooth. Damage to or infection of your pulp tissue can extend all the way to the root tip of your tooth, where it can eat away at the surrounding bone tissue and form an abscess.

With a root canal, your dentist relieves your symptoms and saves your tooth by removing the damaged or infected tooth pulp and restoring the rest of your tooth. A root canal can help you avoid many, more serious health complications, like:

  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of nearby teeth and gums
  • Weakened immune system
  • Infection of your bloodstream (sepsis)

If you need a root canal, don’t delay treatment. Schedule your visit with Central Dental Care today.

What are the signs of damaged pulp?

Infected or damaged tooth pulp can cause some pronounced symptoms, such as:

  • Intense toothache
  • Darkness or discoloration in your tooth
  • Pus around your gumline
  • Loose tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold sensations
  • Swelling in your gums
  • Pain when you bite down or put pressure on your tooth
  • A bad taste in your mouth

For some, the symptoms of an infected tooth are severe and debilitating, while others might not even notice they have an infected tooth until a dentist examines them. 

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is an in-office procedure that your dentist can typically complete in a single visit. First, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and oral tissues. Then, they drill a hole in the top of your tooth to gain access to the diseased pulp within.

When you get a root canal with the team at Central Dental Care, your dentist uses rotary endodontics to extract your damaged tooth pulp. Root canals are typically performed with a series of small, stainless steel files. Rotary endodontics uses motor-powered nickel-titanium files that are flexible and can more precisely and effectively clean out your canals.

Once your tooth is free of decayed pulp, your dentist fills it with a rubber-like compound called gutta-percha and seals the access hole in the top of your tooth. To finish, they fit your tooth with a crown to restore its strength and reinforce its structure.

Schedule your root canal with Central Dental Care today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.