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Root Canal Treatment in Fresno, CA

Root canal treatments are used to repair a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, infected, or inflamed. Deep decay or untreated cavities cause the tooth to become infected and can begin to weaken the entire immune system. A root canal treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed by removing the infected nerve and pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth.
Root Canal Symptoms
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Severe toothaches and pain while chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
- Sensitivity or pain associated with hot or cold temperatures, even after the source has been removed
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Tenderness or swelling of the gum
Root Canal Procedure
Many patients believe root canal procedures are extremely painful but with anesthesia and modern dentistry it is comparable to having a cavity filled. First, Dr. Castillo will take an X-ray to determine the location and severity of the damage. After numbing the area, a hole is drilled into the tooth and the pulp, bacteria, and decayed tissue and debris is removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed. Depending on the severity of the damage, medication may be placed in the tooth to heal an infection and the tooth will be sealed in a separate visit a week later. If the tooth was badly damaged, a crown or other restorative measure may be necessary to protect the tooth from future damage and restore it to optimal function.

Root Canal Recovery

Though the affected area will be sensitive after a root canal procedure, a root canal will actually relieve your pain. Any post-procedure pain or sensitivity can be controlled with over the counter pain medications. Patients typically return to work or normal activities the following day.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are experiencing symptoms that lead you to believe you need a root canal or have recently experienced trauma to the teeth or gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castillo by calling 559-221-0302 or filling out our private inquiry form. Specially trained in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Castillo is here to help you achieve full function and beauty in your smile.

What are you waiting for? Make an appointment today!