At Berkeley Dental Center, our skilled dentists provide comprehensive dental care for patients in Berkeley, CA, and the surrounding areas. As a local family dental office, we offer a wide range of services, including root canal therapy, to help you maintain optimal oral health.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that aims to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The treatment involves removing the damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canal system, and filling the space to prevent further infection. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, cracks, or chips in the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth and prevent extraction.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

  • Severe tooth pain; particularly when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums near the affected tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to visit our Berkeley dental office for an evaluation. Our dentists will examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine if a root canal is the best course of treatment.

The Root Canal Procedure

Root canal therapy typically requires one or two visits to our office.

The procedure involves the following steps:

  • Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the affected tooth.
  • A small opening is made in the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canal system.
  • The damaged or infected pulp is removed, and the root canal is cleaned and shaped using special instruments.
  • The root canal is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal the space and prevent further infection.
  • A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth until a permanent crown can be placed.

After the root canal procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate these symptoms. It's important to follow a good oral hygiene routine and attend follow-up appointments to ensure the success of your root canal treatment.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

  • Saving the natural tooth and preventing extraction
  • Eliminating pain and discomfort caused by the infected or damaged pulp
  • Restoring the function and appearance of the tooth with a custom-made crown
  • Preventing the spread of infection to neighboring teeth and surrounding tissues

At Berkeley Dental Center, our family dentists are committed to providing gentle, effective root canal therapy for patients of all ages. We use advanced techniques and materials to ensure the best possible outcome for your oral health.

Schedule Your Root Canal Consultation Today

If you suspect you may need a root canal or have been experiencing tooth pain, don't hesitate to contact our local family dental office in Berkeley, CA. Our friendly team will be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists to evaluate your needs and develop a personalized treatment plan. Trust Berkeley Dental Center for all your comprehensive dental care needs, including root canal therapy.