Root Canals Specialist

Smile Country Dental

Dentistry located in Santa Rosa, CA & Napa, CA

When your teeth become decayed or infected, a root canal procedure can serve to save the tooth and restore your oral health. The team at Smile Country Dental in Santa Rosa and Napa, California, has extensive experience performing root canal procedures. To learn more, call or go online to schedule your first appointment with the team at Smile Country Dental.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Proper dental care and preventative practices can help to prevent tooth decay and maintain the health of your mouth. However, there are times when your teeth can become damaged or decayed, leading to a range of problems.

This decay often occurs in the tooth chamber that houses its pulp. When this happens, a root canal procedure may be necessary. 

A root canal procedure involves removing the decayed tooth pulp in your tooth chamber and cleaning it out. Once this is done, the chamber is refilled and then sealed to restore the function and integrity of the tooth. 

Why is a root canal needed?

There can be many reasons why your tooth becomes infected. Oftentimes, improper oral habits can result in cavities, which can deepen to infect your tooth root and pulp chamber. An infected tooth can lead to an abscess, which is a painful collection of pus that forms from the infection.

When this happens, a root canal is often needed to save the tooth. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the nearby bone and facial areas, leading to further issues. 

In addition to improper oral care habits, repeated dental procedures, cracked teeth, or trauma to the face can lead to the conditions where a tooth can become infected.

Are root canal procedures painful?

While many people equate root canal procedures with pain, modern advances in dentistry have led to a different experience.

The team at Smile Country Dental is well-practiced in performing root canal procedures and is dedicated to providing a comfortable experience throughout the process. Most people find that root canals are no more painful than other common dental procedures. 

You may feel some sensitivity in the days following the root canal. However, this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Most people can even return to their normal activities on the day following the root canal procedure. 

To learn more about root canals and whether it may be right for you, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Smile Country Dental.