Root Canal in Pacific Beach
The health of your teeth is Dr. Ricardo Hernandez’ top priority. As such, Dr. Hernandez offers several restorative dental options to preserve your natural teeth, including root canal treatment. Root canal treatment preserves your tooth by removing its nerve, along with pulp that has become infected, and repairing the area. A simple and effective procedure, root canal treatment maintains the appearance and function of your tooth, eliminating the need to remove the tooth.
At Pacific Beach Smile Studio, Dr. Hernandez has treated hundreds of patients with root canal treatment. Speak to a member of our team today to learn whether a root canal is right for you.
When to Consider a Root Canal
A root canal may be needed if you have the following signs of tooth infection:
- Oral pain when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids
- Swelling of the gums, mouth, face or area near the infected tooth
- Tooth pain from a broken, cracked or otherwise damaged tooth
A root canal is typically performed over the course of two dental appointments in our office. During the first visit, Dr. Hernandez will thoroughly examine your teeth and take X-rays of your teeth and gums to see if there is an infection. If he determines you are in need of a root canal, he will prepare the affected tooth for treatment. First, he will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Hernandez will remove nerve and infected pulp of the tooth via an opening made in the crown of the tooth. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are flushed and cleaned thoroughly to ensure no further infection remains. Then, Dr. Hernandez will fill the interior of the tooth with a dental compound or permanent filling. When there is a higher risk of tooth fracture, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth. A permanent crown is placed on your second visit.
Trust Us with Your Oral Health
At Pacific Beach Smile Studio, we have years of experience helping patients maintain and improve their oral health through root canal treatment. We conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth in order to make recommendations on appropriate treatment options to fit your oral health needs.
If one of your teeth has become infected, root canal treatment can preserve it for many years, prolonging the beauty and health of your smile. To find out if you are in need of a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hernandez. Please give Pacific Beach Smile Studio a call at 858-272-6047 and one of our friendly staff members will gladly schedule your appointment.