Root Canal Therapy in Berkeley, CA
Save Your Tooth From Extraction
The root canal is the inner chamber of your tooth that holds nerve tissues and blood vessels, also known as the pulp. If bacteria gets into the pulp of your tooth, it can become infected and lead to severe pain without treatment.
Thankfully, Dr. Dailley can relieve your pain and save your tooth with root canal therapy.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
You likely need root canal therapy if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Pain while chewing
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
- Discolored tooth
- Swollen and tender gums around the tooth
How Root Canal Therapy Works
First, Dr. Dailley will numb the area around your infected tooth with a local anesthetic. He’ll then create an opening around the tooth so he can remove the bacteria and fill the empty chamber with a special dental resin that will prevent further infection.
Finally, Dr. Dailley will reseal your tooth and protect it with a natural-looking porcelain crown for added strength and durability.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does root canal therapy hurt?
Despite what you may have heard, root canal therapy isn’t painful because you’ll receive local anesthetic before the procedure. In fact, avoiding treatment for your infected tooth will result in far greater pain.
Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?
You may experience some mild discomfort after your treatment, but this should fade within a week. If you’re still experiencing pain past this point, call our office right away.
What is root canal retreatment?
In some cases, a patient’s tooth won’t heal after root canal therapy or it gets re-infected. If this happens to you, Dr. Dailley will thoroughly clean out your tooth and refill it.
What is a hot tooth?
When decay wears down your tooth enamel, it will eventually leave your underlying nerves exposed, resulting in extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
How can you tell if a tooth is dead?
If your tooth is dying, it may look yellow, brown, gray, or even black. You’ll likely also experience toothaches or pain in the surrounding gum tissue.
How do I know if the nerves in my tooth are dead?
While you may expect a dead nerve to cause numbness, it’s actually the opposite. The edges of your teeth all have nerve endings that are very sensitive, leading to severe pain if a nerve dies.
Can root canal therapy cause headaches?
If you’re suffering from headaches or any other type of debilitating pain after treatment, call us right away.
How long does root canal therapy take?
In most cases, Dr. Dailley will complete your treatment in one appointment, though larger infections may require additional treatment.
Visit Dailley Dental Care for Root Canal Therapy
If the pulp of your tooth is infected, Dr. Dailley can use root canal therapy to save your tooth from extraction.
Call our office in Berkeley at 510-848-0114 and schedule a consultation today.