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Root Canal Specialist

Phillip Chien, DDS -  - Dentist

Sunshine Dental, Inc

Phillip Chien, DDS

Dentist located in Temecula, CA

Learning you’ll need a root canal can be stressful. However, thanks to modern treatment techniques, root canals don’t need to be anxiety-inducing or upsetting. At Sunshine Dental, Inc, general dentist Phillip Chien, DDS, regularly performs root canals on men and women. To learn more about the benefits of root canal treatment, call the Temecula, California, office or use online booking to make an appointment today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a type of oral surgery designed to address infected or decaying tooth pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue that lays beneath the hard enamel surface of your teeth and contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

Your pulp plays a vital role in the development of your teeth, but it’s also susceptible to infection. During a root canal, the inflamed tooth pulp is removed, which alleviates pain and saves your natural, permanent tooth.

Why would my tooth root become infected?

Your teeth undergo wear and tear daily. If you crack, chip, or damage a tooth, plaque and bacteria can infiltrate and begin to multiply.

If you don’t visit the dentist regularly, these microorganisms can spread to the root and pulp of your tooth, which can lead to an array of more serious oral health problems, so it’s important to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

In the early stages of a tooth infection, you may not notice anything is amiss. However, as the inflammation progresses, common symptoms include:

  • Red or irritated gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Increased sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath

In more serious cases, a cyst or benign growth can also develop on your jaw at the site of the infection.

How is a root canal performed?

The team at Sunshine Dental, Inc is highly qualified and can usually complete root canal treatment in 2-3 visits. At your first appointment, your dentist administers a topical anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain.

Once your gums and teeth are numb, they make an incision in your affected tooth and carefully cleans out the infected tooth pulp, spraying the area with water to remove any excess debris.

Once your dentist removes all of the infected tooth pulp, they apply a temporary filling or sealant and provide you with a list of care instructions. After your tooth heals, you return for a second appointment, and your dentist protects your tooth with a permanent crown.

If you’re experiencing symptoms or signs of a tooth infection, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Sunshine Dental, Inc today.