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Root Canals

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

While many people would not voluntarily choose to have a root canal, they are extremely useful and important procedures. Having them performed by a well-trained and highly experienced endodontist helps ensure optimal outcomes. The team at Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California, is experts in performing root canals. Call or go online today to schedule your appointment for a root canal today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

When teeth function normally it is easy to take them for granted. However, there are times when they can become decayed or infected, either from disease or neglect. When this happens, a root canal treatment aims to stop these harmful processes and restore the strength and integrity of the tooth. 

In a root canal procedure, the damaged or decayed inner portion of the tooth, known as the pulp, is removed along with the nerves. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and then sealed. During the procedure, anesthesia will be used in order to minimize pain. 

Is a root canal painful?

You have probably heard people complaining about needing to get a root canal. However, the root canal procedure is not very painful.

Remember, the pain you are feeling is the infection in your tooth, and the root canal alleviates it. Following this endodontic procedure, any pain or discomfort can be managed with pain medications.

What should I expect following my procedure?

Your tooth may feel sensitive following a root canal as the inflammation subsides. You will likely need to refrain from chewing certain foods until the process is completely finished.

Speak with the expert endodontic team at Bay Dental Group about any questions or concerns you may have regarding what you can expect following your root canal. 

Are root canals safe?

Root canals are common procedures and have a 95% success rate. Most often, they last for your entire life.

However, sometimes complications can arise. The tooth can become infected again, although this is rare. If this happens, retreating the tooth can often take care of this issue, and if not, other endodontic procedures are available to save your tooth. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure or the safety of a root canal, speak with the team at Bay Dental Group. They will be happy to address your questions in a compassionate and informative manner, helping you get the right plan of care for your needs.

To learn more about root canals and whether the procedure may be right for you, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the skilled endodontic team.