Root Canal Therapy in Bolsa Chica-Heil, Huntington Beach

Image of a tooth root canalWhen tooth or jaw pain strikes, you can't ignore it. The pain affects every area of your life, whether you are eating, speaking, or brushing your teeth. At the dental practice of Kerry J Shimizu, DDS, we provide effective pain relief through gentle root canal therapy. When you're in pain, we are the team that puts you first and helps you get out of pain and back to enjoying your daily life.

You don't have to endure dental pain. Our friendly team will treat you with the genuine care and respect you deserve, regardless of the current state of your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes diseased or infected soft tissue, known as pulp, from inside the tooth. The function of this treatment is to save the remaining tooth structure and to protect the neighboring teeth, as well as your overall health, from further complications that stem from the initial infection.

Our Gentle Root Canal Therapy Process

When people think of root canal treatment, they may think of frightening stories they have heard from friends and families who had a bad experience. Our compassionate team is well aware of the fear associated with this procedure, and we are dedicated to helping you have a positive experience.

When you walk into our office, you will notice the calm and peaceful environment. A member of our team will extend a warm greeting to you and assist you through our check-in process before guiding you to our relaxing waiting area. We understand that time is of the essence when you are in pain. That is why we offer same-day appointments when available to alleviate the pain so you can focus on what matters.

Once you are in the dentist's chair, we will perform a thorough and gentle exam of your teeth, jaws, and gums to determine the source and extent of the infection and create a treatment plan to address your unique situation. We encourage you to raise any concerns or questions that you may have, and our team is happy to answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision regarding your oral health.

The actual procedure consists of our friendly dentist creating a tiny access point in the tooth and gently extracting the diseased pulp. The tooth chamber is cleaned out and filled with an antibiotic solution to protect the remaining natural structure from further infection. The dentist seals the access point and places a crown over the tooth to protect and strengthen it. In some situations, such as a front tooth, we may only need a filling instead of a crown.

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

You have questions, and you deserve straightforward answers. We welcome your questions and concerns and are happy to provide all of the answers and information you need to feel confident in your treatment plan. You can trust that we have your best interests at heart, and we will only recommend services that you need. Some of the most common questions we receive regarding root canal therapy include:

I have a toothache. Does that mean I need root canal therapy?

If you have a throbbing sensation in your tooth, you notice it is painful to chew food, or your tooth is very sensitive to hot or cold, then you may have an infection inside your tooth that requires root canal therapy. Our dentist will carefully examine the tooth to determine whether the pain is caused by infection or a different issue, such as a fracture.

Root canal therapy is designed to alleviate pain caused by the infection inside the tooth. Our dentist will numb the area before the procedure to maximize your comfort. You may experience some discomfort, but most people find it no different from receiving a filling or crown. However, our team makes it a point to check on you before, during, and immediately after the treatment to ensure we do everything possible to alleviate your pain.

Here are a few symptoms that indicate an infected tooth:

  • Painful, throbbing sensation or toothache
  • The tooth becomes grey or discolored
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks
  • An abscess on the gum or near the tooth

After root canal therapy, a dental crown or cap is placed over the tooth to provide protection and strength. They do not hurt to wear and are highly durable and restore the function of your bite. The crowns are created to match the size, shape, and color of the compromised tooth in order to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Root canal therapy is performed to remove infection or disease and preserve your natural tooth structure. If your natural tooth is severely infected or damaged, then it may require extraction.

Root Canal Therapy to Restore Your Smile

Don't let a toothache keep you from enjoying life. At the dental practice of Kerry J Shimizu, DDS, we offer root canal therapy to alleviate the pain and rejuvenate your smile. We combine years of experience and a gentle chairside manner to give you the quality dental care that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.



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