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San Mateo, CA dentist explains how root canal treatment improves health

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed in the United States. They are a simple, straightforward procedure that can save the natural tooth and prevent more extensive restorations down the road. At the office of Dr. Glen Belen in San Mateo, CA we recommend root canals when patients are in pain from a deep tooth infection.

The inside area of the tooth is called the pulp, a collection of nerves and blood vessels that are vital to the life of the tooth. When there is an infection in the pulp, either due to injury, deep decay, cracks, or extensive dental work, it can be very painful and require prompt treatment. The most common symptoms of this type of deep infection are:

  • Visible injury to the tooth
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Pain in the tooth or surrounding gum tissue

If you are in the San Mateo, CA area and experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to try and save the tooth. This is when root canal therapy becomes essential.

The root canal procedure

Root canals have gotten a negative reputation for being painful procedures, but the truth is that root canal therapy actually alleviates pain versus causing it. At the office of Dr. Belen, your health and comfort are always our priorities, so we make sure that every procedure we provide causes as little discomfort as possible. 

During a root canal, the injured or diseased pulp is removed from the tooth and the area is thoroughly disinfected, filled and then sealed. In most cases, we will recommend covering the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen it and protect it from further damage.

Root canals are typically done under local anesthesia, although we can discuss other sedation options as well. Most root canals are completed in one appointment, while some may require two.

Benefits of root canal procedure:

  • Prevents the further spreading of infection
  • Maintain the natural tooth
  • Restores health
  • Prevents the need for future restorations such as implants or bridges

If you think you may need a root canal, or simply have some questions on the procedure, please call us today at (650) 344-7500.

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