26 West Portal Ave., Suite #4, San Francisco, CA 94127 |
Dr. Terri M. Nguyen
Dr. Laura T. Huynh

Reasons why a tooth may require a root canal in CA

Root Canal Tooth in CA

Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry are excited to offer patients solutions to many of their oral care needs. There are times when certain problems occur and patients in San Francisco, California are urged to consider treatments such as root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy.”

 

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a specialized procedure that is required to maintain the natural tooth structure and eliminate the requirement for removal. Most patients do not want to extract their adult teeth unless absolutely necessary as this would require them to consider tooth replacement options such as bridges, dentures, or dental implants, which can be costly. Instead, root canal therapy deadens the tooth by removing the dental pulp inside and allows the tooth to remain in place. Patients may require the fabrication and placement of a dental crown over the top of a tooth after endodontic therapy to ensure it is strong and durable.

 

Who is a candidate for root canal therapy?

Patients may require root canal therapy when the following problems exist:

  • Large cavity that has damaged the dental pulp
  • Extremely severe toothache
  • Diseased dental pulp
  • Abscesses
  • Injury to the natural tooth
  • Periodontal disease affecting the inner structure of the tooth

 

Is root canal therapy uncomfortable?

Many patients believe root canals are painful. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Root canal therapy often eliminates pain instead of causing it. It is done to bring the smile back to health and keep the patient comfortable. The removal of the dental pulp eliminates the nerves which send pain signals to the brain. Sedation and local anesthetics are administered as well.

 

Do you believe you can benefit from root canal therapy?

Now is the time to connect with Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco, California. The practice is conveniently located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4 and can be reached by phone at (415) 661-7779.

 

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