Root Canal Specialist

Lodi Healthy Smiles

Gladys Cruz, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lodi, CA

Learning that you need a root canal can make you anxious or nervous. Fortunately, the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles in Lodi, California, prides itself on providing a pleasant, comfortable, and stress-free root canal experience. Remember, a root canal relieves the pain stemming from an infection. It doesn’t cause you pain. If you have questions or concerns about a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that treats the root cause of an infected tooth and restores its health. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, your dentist at Lodi Healthy Smiles removes any harmful bacteria and dead or dying tissue. 

The procedure saves your natural tooth, alleviates the pain of infection, and helps restore your quality of life and your smile. 

What causes a tooth infection?

The roots and soft tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury or from a cavity that is left untreated. Poor oral hygiene that leads to severe decay is also a common cause of an infection. 

If your condition is left untreated, the decay could spread into the root or pulp of your tooth causing an infection. If continued to be left unchecked, it can cause many other oral health issues and may even lead to an extraction. Acting quickly can help save your natural tooth, so don’t wait. 

How do I know if I have an infection inside my tooth?

There are certain signs that the pulp in your tooth is infected. You may experience a significant amount of discomfort, and some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to cold and hot 
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

If you experience any of these symptoms, call the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles to find out if you need a root canal. 

What is the procedure for a root canal?

The process of getting a root canal is relatively quick. The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles can repair your tooth within one or two in-office visits. 

At your appointment, your dentist numbs the area with a local anesthetic. This ensures that your procedure is comfortable. In some cases, your dentist puts a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard your mouth throughout the process. 

Next, your dentist makes a tiny hole in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the pulp chamber. Then, your provider uses special dental instruments to carefully remove the damaged and diseased pulp. After that, the area is cleaned with water to wash away any debris. 

Lastly, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return to get a permanent dental crown for extra protection.

Book a consultation online or call Lodi Healthy Smiles today if you think you’re experiencing signs of an infection inside your tooth.