It is important to understand that tooth decay is not just a superficial concern that affects the surface of the natural tooth by creating cavities. When left untreated, tooth decay can wreak absolute havoc by working its way into the inside of the tooth as well. Within the tooth is pulp and minuscule pathways called root canals, which lead to supporting bone structure. If the inside of your tooth becomes affected, it is possible to save the tooth. Dr. Terri Nguyen and her team at West Portal Family Dentistry, provide root canal treatments to patients in the San Francisco, CA, area who have reached this advanced stage of tooth decay and need intervention to save their natural tooth.
When a tooth reaches a certain level of decay and the inner pulp and nerves are infected, a simple “drill and fill” will not suffice. A root canal will be necessary and, in most cases, will save the tooth. A root canal is a procedure by which the inner pulp and nerves that have become infected, are removed from the tooth. Once a root canal has been performed, a crown will (in many cases) be applied to that tooth to strengthen and preserve it. When there is a need for a root canal and one is not performed, the risk for losing the tooth or needing to have it extracted is high.
You have likely negatively heard about root canals. You have heard about the pain involved and how horrible the entire process can be. This is not true. With modern dental techniques and the use of anesthesia (often locally administered), a root canal is quite painless. Since many patients who need a root canal come into the dentist with tooth pain, a root canal will have you feeling better than you did when you came in for the procedure. And most important of all, it will save your tooth.
If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind that needs to be examined, please call Dr. Terri Nguyen and her team at West Portal Family Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA, please call (415) 604-9292 today.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.