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Root Canals

Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra DDS

Implant Dentistry & Aesthetic Dentistry located in Redwood City, CA

If you have a tooth that’s significantly damaged or infected, a root canal can rehabilitate your tooth, alleviate your pain, and restore your oral health. Beatriz Parra, DDS, and the team of professionals at Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, in Redwood City, California, provide painless and effective root canals for their patients. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to get started with your root canal.

Root Canals Q & A

When do I need a root canal?

You need a root canal if you have an infection or damage that’s reached the center of your tooth, called the dental pulp. Your dental pulp is made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves, and when it’s damaged or infected, it swells, which is incredibly painful. Many people mistakenly associate the pain of a damaged or infected tooth with the root canal treatment, when in reality, a root canal actually alleviates your pain.

What are the complications of an infected or damaged tooth?

If left untreated, a damaged or infected molar or tooth only gets worse. Putting off a root canal can lead to serious complications, like:

  • Swelling in your face, neck, or head
  • Bone loss near the tip of your tooth’s root
  • Infection of nearby teeth, jawbone, or bloodstream
  • Formation of an abscess

If your tooth is damaged or infected, schedule a visit with Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, immediately. The team provides painless and effective root canals that can ease your pain and restore your oral health.

What happens when I get a root canal?

First, Dr. Parra numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic so that your procedure is painless. Then, she removes the damaged, infected, or decayed pulp with a series of small endodontic files.

Once she’s removed all of the problematic pulp from your tooth, Dr. Parra sterilizes your tooth’s chamber and fills it with a gutta-percha, which is a rubber-like substance. Finally, she uses a filling material to fill in the space in your tooth and restores the structural integrity of your tooth with a crown. 

Is a root canal painful?

Root canals may have a bad reputation, but in actuality, they are painless. 

Modern anesthesia and sedation options have made root canals no more painful or uncomfortable than a dental filling, and Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, specializes in painless dentistry that will make your root canal experience as easy as possible.

Schedule your root canal today by calling the office at Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, or booking a visit online today.