Root Canal Therapy in San Diego

Root Canal Therapy

Our doctors ensure you understand all procedures and are happy to answer your questions.

Comfortable and precise root canal treatment
in one visit

Root Canal TherapyA root canal is a pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth. Root canal therapy is a procedure that preserves an infected tooth. It can be completed in one visit to our office.

Dr. Janice Doan and Dr. Tran take care of our office’s root canal cases. They are very experienced in the procedure and use advanced rotary technology to ensure that the treatment is precise, efficient and comfortable.

Root Canal Specialist

Dr. Mark Karpman is our in-house endodontist (a specialist in root canal therapy). He handles our complex root canal cases, so our patients don’t have to go to another office for specialist treatment.

To be certified in endodontics, a dentist must complete an additional two or more years of specialist training after graduating from dental school.

Dr. Karpman uses state-of-the-art technology, including a high-tech dental microscope, to thoroughly treat complex root canal cases.

What is Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is required when a tooth is infected or damaged (1). The top of the tooth is opened up to access the canals (2), pulp and nerve tissue are removed and the canals are cleaned (3), then the canals are sealed and the tooth is filled and protected with a crown (4).

Root canal therapy is a procedure that treats an infected tooth. The infected pulp is removed from the root canal, then the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filled with a rubber-like material.

Although the root of the tooth is now dead, the tooth can still function, nourished by the tissues surrounding it. The doctors will often place a crown on the treated tooth to protect it after the procedure.

Saving your tooth by getting root canal therapy helps you maintain proper chewing and biting forces and keeps adjacent teeth stably in position.

High-tech, one-visit Root Canal therapy

Our doctors can take care of your root canal therapy in just one visit. They use advanced technology to make sure the canal is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and the procedure is done right.

Root Canal TherapyElectric rotary instrument

Our doctors use electric rotary instruments to clean the pulp out of the canal. These are more precise and efficient than traditional hand files.

Dental microscope

For more complex procedures, our endodontist, Dr. Karpman, uses a dental microscope to closely view areas that cannot be seen in an X-ray. The microscope provides enough magnification to enable the doctor to see the interior of the tooth in detail and precisely treat any issues he detects.

This microscope also allows Dr. Karpman to immediately move forward with topping the tooth with a restoration without having to wait for the tooth to heal, since he can be sure that the tooth has been successfully treated without any potential complications.

The result is thorough, efficient treatment with little to no postoperative discomfort and no need to prescribe antibiotics or pain medication.

Signs of needing Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal TherapyWhen the pulp of a tooth is infected, the infection usually causes a toothache and possibly an abscess. Some patients don’t notice pain, but persistent pain is a definite symptom.

Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling around the gum line
  • An abscess or pimple near the tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tenderness at the bottom of the root
  • Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold that lasts even after exposure to the hot or cold stimulus
  • The tooth hurts when you bite with it
  • Spontaneous pain from no apparent trigger

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should come in for an exam right away so the doctor can determine the cause.

To make an appointment, call 619‑831‑8832 (San Diego), 858‑842‑5850 (Poway) or click here to request an appointment online.

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