Root Canals

Joseph S Kim, DDS -  - General Dentist

Joseph S Kim, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Seabright, Santa Cruz, CA & Mission District, San Francisco, CA

If you severely damage a tooth or one of your teeth develops deep decay, you might benefit from a traditional oral procedure: root canal. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, with offices within Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California, regularly performs root canal treatment. If you’re suffering from a toothache that won’t go away, make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal involves Dr. Kim carefully removing the soft center, or pulp, of your tooth. Your tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help your tooth grow. However, the pulp isn’t necessary for your tooth’s survival. 

Dr. Kim regularly performs root canals using local anesthesia. Even if you’re scared of dental procedures, there’s nothing to fear. Root canal treatment usually takes less than 60 minutes, and it preserves your natural, permanent tooth. As a result, there’s no need for an extraction or extensive restorations. 

Why would I need a root canal?

Root canal treatment works to address pain or inflammation caused by infected pulp. Removing infected pulp provides a safe and effective way to preserve the structure of your natural tooth. Pulp damage can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • Deep decay
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • An injury to the affected tooth

If you experience tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. Kim right away. The sooner you receive root canal treatment, the less likely you are to develop an infection or more serious problems. 

What happens during root canals?

Prior to performing your root canal in-office, Dr. Kim administers a local anesthetic that numbs your tooth roots and gum tissue. After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Kim carefully drills an access hole in the top of your tooth and removes the infected pulp. Once Dr. Kim clears out your pulp chamber, he rinses it with an antiseptic solution.

Next, Dr. Kim fills your tooth with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. After the gutta-percha dries, he uses the CEREC® machine to mill a permanent crown. He bonds the crown to your tooth, restoring it to its original size, shape, and chewing abilities. 

Am I a candidate for root canal treatment?

To determine if you’re a candidate for root canal treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Kim. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Kim can develop a treatment plan that eases your pain and improves your quality of life. 

To learn more about root canals, make an appointment with Joseph S. Kim, DDS––call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to request yours today.