Root Canals

Sasha Bhor, DDS -  - Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Oasis Smiles

Sasha Bhor, DDS

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Pain, gum swelling, and temperature sensitivity can be symptoms of disease deep in the roots of your tooth. Using the latest tools and techniques, Dr. Sasha Bhor of Oasis Smiles can perform a pain-free root canal that restores the health and appearance of your smile. Located in beautiful San Diego, Oasis Smiles delivers compassionate, individualized care for you and your teeth.

Root Canals Q & A

by Sasha Bhor, DDS

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that removes infected or inflamed nerve tissues inside a tooth. After your mouth heals from the first treatment, Dr. Bhor completes the procedure by placing a crown, fully restoring the function of your tooth.

Why do I need a root canal?

If left untreated, root canal infections can cause painful abscesses that lead to bone loss and other serious complications. Some symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Sensitivity to cold and heat
  • Swelling of the face or neck
  • Tenderness while chewing
  • Toothaches
  • Tooth discoloration and gum swelling

Is a root canal painful?

Although root canals seem unpleasant, modern anesthesia and techniques have made root canals pain-free and routine. In fact, if you're suffering from a toothache when you arrive at the dentist’s office, the procedure will quickly relieve your pain.

What happens during a root canal?

After taking X-rays to locate the source of the infection, Dr. Bhor administers a local anesthetic.

When your tooth is numb, she drills into the pulp, a soft area made of nerves and connective tissues. Using special instruments, she then removes the pulp, cleans the root canals, treats them with medicine before filling the canals with a rubbery material, and seals them with dental cement.

Dr. Bhor finishes the procedure by placing a temporary filling in the spot where your permanent crown will be placed. On your next visit, she removes the temporary filling and positions the crown.

Sometimes, if a tooth doesn’t have enough structure to support a crown, Dr. Bhor inserts a post to provide a firm foundation.

How should I care for my tooth after a root canal?

After the initial root canal, you should avoid chewing with the treated tooth because the temporary filling is vulnerable to fracturing under pressure. Otherwise, you can continue to brush and floss as normal.

You can resolve most post-operative pain with over-the-counter meds like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, once Dr. Bhor installs your permanent crown, you should be able to use the tooth without restrictions.

If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, tenderness or other signs of root disease in your tooth, call Oasis Smiles for an immediate consultation. Highly skilled and experienced, Dr. Bhor can perform a pain-free root canal that restores your smile and your oral health.