Root Canal

Jose L. Guzman, DDS -  - Dentist

Guzman Dental

Jose L. Guzman, DDS

Dentist located in Chula Vista, CA

A root canal is not a procedure to dread, but one to welcome as a way to save your tooth and alleviate pain. Experienced dentist, Dr. Jose Guzman, performs root canals at his office, Guzman Dental, to people with tooth infections, decay, or injury. If you live in Chula Vista, California, and suspect you need a root canal, call his office or book an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Dr. Guzman performs a root canal when you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When infected, it becomes excruciatingly painful and threatens the integrity of the tooth as a whole.

The procedure involves cleaning out the infected pulp and replacing it with a rubber-like, biocompatible substitute. The affected tooth is then capped with a crown so that it looks and functions just like the rest of your teeth.

What indicates I need a root canal?

Sometimes, you don’t have any symptoms that suggest you need a root canal and your doctor finds the infection at a regular check-up. However, you should definitely consult Dr. Guzman if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or food
  • An abscess
  • Swelling of the gums or a pimple surrounding the tooth
  • Discoloration of the affected tooth

Does a root canal hurt?

A root canal actually alleviates pain rather than causes it. Dr. Guzman numbs the area around your tooth during the procedure, so you should feel little if anything during treatment, apart from a little pressure. Once the anesthetic has worn off, the tooth and surrounding soft tissue may be a little sore, but over-the-counter medications usually relieve this discomfort.

How do I care for a tooth that has had a root canal?

A tooth that’s had a root canal needs the same good oral hygiene habits as your other teeth. Twice daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleaning and check-ups should make your tooth last a lifetime.

Dr. Guzman places a crown over the tooth that’s had the root canal. The crown matches the shape and color of your other teeth, so no one can tell you’ve had the procedure.

To learn more about the root canal procedure, call the office of Guzman Dental or book a consultation online.