Root Canals Specialist

Golden State Smiles

Dentistry located in San Leandro, CA & Concord, CA

A root canal could save your tooth if it was badly injured, cracked, or decayed. Since today’s dental technology has dramatically improved over the years, Dharaben Munjpara, DDS, Douglas Mo, DDS, and the team at Golden State Smiles in San Leandro and Concord, California, can perform fast and virtually pain-free root canal procedures. If you have severe tooth decay or damage or were told that you might need a root canal, book an evaluation to find out if this procedure is the best way to treat your tooth. You can request an evaluation through the website, or you can call the office nearest you.

Root Canals Q & A

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal involves removing the soft inner portion of your tooth — called the pulp — and leaving the outer structure and crown intact. Since your tooth stays in place, you won’t have to worry about shifting teeth or bone or gum loss as you would with an extraction.

Your dentist may recommend having a root canal if you have:

  • Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
  • A fractured or severely damaged tooth
  • Infection at the base of the root canal (abscess)

Having a root canal restores your tooth from root to crown so that you can maintain your normal bite and smile. 

What can I expect during a root canal?

Golden State Smiles providers understand the dental anxiety some patients face when going through a root canal treatment. Rest assured, you’re in caring hands.

During your root canal procedure, your dentist makes an opening through your tooth’s crown so that they can reach the pulp chamber. Next, your dentist:

  • Removes the pulp
  • Cleans the inner root canal chamber
  • Enlarges and reshapes the root canal
  • Medicates any underlying infection
  • Fills the root canal with a rubbery material (gutta-percha)
  • Reshapes your tooth and bonds a temporary crown in place

Your dentist also gathers impressions of your tooth to send to the dental lab for crown fabrication. It takes a few weeks for your permanent crown to arrive in the clinic, so you need to come back in for one more visit to have it bonded to your treated tooth. 

Are root canals painful?

You can expect little-to-no discomfort during your root canal procedure. Golden State Smiles specializes in modern, gentle dental solutions to ensure your root canal is quick, effective, and nearly entirely pain-free. 

Before getting started, your dentist administers any necessary sedation, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas). They thoroughly numb your gums and allow ample time to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed. Aside from a slight initial prick from the numbing injection, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. 

If you have a severe toothache or know that you need a root canal, request an exam at Golden State Smiles today. Use on the online booking tool or call the office nearest you.