If your tooth is badly infected, a root canal can safely and effectively remove the infection and relieve your pain. Brent C Lin, DDS, of Livermore, California, is an award-winning dentist who can perform your root canal quickly and keep you comfortable throughout the process. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at Dr. Lin’s Livermore office today.
Dr. Lin is highly skilled in root canal procedures to remove decay and damaged tissue from the interior of your affected tooth. He often recommends this treatment to restore and save a severely decayed or damaged tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and could lead to serious complications if left untreated.
While Dr. Lin completes root canals in one visit whenever possible, you may need additional visits if your condition is severe. It also allows Dr. Lin to check the health of the treated tooth and the rest of your oral health.
If an infected tooth is left untreated it may eventually need to be removed, or the infection can spread and further compromise your health. But a root canal can save your tooth and allow you to keep it for the long term, providing you follow an effective dental hygiene routine as directed by Dr. Lin.
Getting a root canal is similar to the process of treating a normal cavity. Dr. Lin or a member of his team first applies local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding area. If you’re anxious or nervous about the procedure, Dr. Lin offers sedation dentistry to help ensure your comfort during the treatment.
Once you’re comfortable and the treatment area is numb, Dr. Lin removes the decayed tissue from the pulpy interior of your affected tooth. He then thoroughly cleans the tooth, ensuring all debris is removed. Finally, your tooth is medicated and Dr. Lin fills it with a biocompatible rubber-like material before sealing the tooth.
After your filling is complete and your tooth is sealed, your tooth is fitted with a crown to provide additional support and strength. Once your root canal has started to heal, you’ll return to Dr. Lin’s Livermore office so he can remove the temporary crown and replace it with a permanent one.
To learn more about the benefits of a root canal, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Brent C Lin, DDS in Livermore today.