Root Canal

Painfree Root Canal

Roseville residents suffering from tooth pain can call 916-773-0800 and book an appointment to have Dr. Ralli examine their teeth and relieve their pain. Don't suffer needlessly with tooth pain. Let the friendly, compassionate team at Woodcreek Dentistry endeavor to save your tooth and help you to smile again.

If tooth decay reaches a tooth's nerve, a root canal procedure can save the tooth from extraction. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth's infected root, then filling and sealing the canal.

Root Canal Procedure:

  • The dentist makes an opening through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  • The dentist removes the infected pulp, and the root canal is cleaned, enlarged, and shaped.
  • The dentist medicates the infected root and canal.
  • The dentist fills and seals the root canal.
  • The dentist covers the tooth with a crown or temporary.

Why a Root Canal?

A cavity that has been left untreated can become larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.

Root Canal - What is a Post and Crown procedure?

The dentist places a post and crown when there is not enough tooth structure left for retention after your root canal procedure to support a crown. The dentist will place a post upon the tooth root. The dentist will then make a crown build-up around the post. Next, the dentist places a crown on the build-up


Sometimes the infection persists even after root canal therapy. In these cases, an apicoectomy, or root end resection can be performed to remove diseased tissue.

  1. An incision is made to allow access to the base of the tooth. The inflamed or infected pulp is treated and the canals are carefully cleaned and shaped.
  2. A small filling may be placed in the remaining tip of the tooth to seal the root canal. The gum tissue is stitched back into place.
  3. A crown is placed to protect the tooth.

One-visit root canals?

Yes, it is possible for a dentist to perform a root canal in one visit. This is known as a single-visit root canal, and it can be a convenient option for people who want to avoid multiple trips to the dentist for treatment. In a single-visit root canal, the dentist will remove the infected or damaged tissue inside the tooth and then clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The dentist will then fill the inside of the tooth with a special material and place a temporary filling. In some cases, the dentist may be able to place a permanent crown on the tooth during the same visit. However, not all dentists offer single-visit root canals, and the procedure may not be suitable for everyone. It is best to talk to your dentist to determine if a single-visit root canal is an option for you.

Can my dentist fix a cracked tooth?

Dentists can fix cracked teeth. Cracked teeth cause pain, sensitivity, and other symptoms. To prevent further damage, visit your dentist if you have a cracked tooth. Your dentist will evaluate the damage to a cracked tooth before recommending treatment. Some cracks can be repaired with filling or bonding. Sometimes a crown or root canal is needed to restore the tooth. Your dentist will recommend treatment based on the crack location and severity. Cracked teeth can be repaired to restore function, appearance, and comfort.

How fast can you get an emergency root canal?

An infected tooth may require a root canal if it causes severe pain. How quickly you can get an emergency root canal depends on the dentist's availability, your infection, and the anesthesia you need. For emergency root canals, call your dentist right away. Your dentist can assess the situation and relieve your pain until you can be seen. Contact your dentist immediately to discuss getting an emergency root canal treatment.

What makes a root canal an emergency?

A root canal is considered an emergency when the infected pulp inside the tooth causes severe pain and swelling. This can occur if the infection is left untreated for an extended time or if the infection is particularly severe. In some cases, the infection can spread beyond the tooth and into surrounding tissue, posing a serious health risk. If you have severe pain or swelling in or around a tooth, you should see Dr. Ralli as soon as possible to determine whether you require a root canal.

What are some potential consequences of a toothache?

  • The toothache goes away on its own or with over-the-counter pain relievers and warm compresses.
  • A cavity or other minor issue causes toothache, which a dentist treats with a filling or other minor procedure.
  • The toothache results from a more severe problem, such as an infection or abscess, and necessitates a root canal or extraction.
  • The toothache is caused by a jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problem and is treated by a dentist or specialist.

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