Root Canals Specialist

Tracy Chan, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Marina Dental Care

Tracy Chan, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Marina, San Francisco, CA

A root canal can save your natural tooth structure and alleviate pain from an infected tooth root. At Marina Dental Care in San Francisco, skilled dentist Tracy Chan, DDS, has extensive experience providing successful root canals to protect and enhance your dental health. If you have questions about root canals, call Marina Dental Care or schedule an appointment through the online booking system.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a safe and effective dental procedure involving removal of infected pulp in your tooth. Dr. Chan removes the pulp and replaces it with a biocompatible material to save the structure of your tooth so you maintain optimal functioning and appearance. 

The pulp is necessary for your tooth’s development and growth, and it contains nerves and blood vessels. However, once your tooth fully matures, the pulp isn’t needed for its integrity. If the pulp is infected, it’s safer to remove it.

Why would I choose a root canal?

You might not experience any symptoms indicating that you need a root canal. During your regular professional dental checkup and cleaning at Marina Dental Care, Dr. Chan can see any infection of the pulp on an X-ray. 

Some of the signs or symptoms that you might need a root canal are:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pus drainage or an abscess near an infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot
  • Soreness when you chew or press on your tooth

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s best you contact Dr. Chan to determine if a root canal is the best way to relieve your pain.

Is a root canal painful?

Dr. Chan performs root canals under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel much during your procedure. You might feel a little sensitive and sore in the area for a few days after your procedure, but you can use over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any discomfort.

If your pain persists for more than a few days, you should contact Dr. Chan. Once the healing process is complete, your root canal should alleviate any pain you felt from your infected tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

With a root canal, Dr. Chan numbs the area around your affected tooth before making a small hole in your tooth. She scrapes out any signs of infection and places a dental solution inside that kills bacteria.

Dr. Chan adds a rubbery material called gutta-percha to fill in the area where the infected pulp was. To complete your root canal procedure, Dr. Chan carefully seals the site.

A root canal is typically fitted with a crown to protect the vulnerable area. Dr. Chan makes sure your crown is a beautiful match for your teeth. Crowns are generally made from a sturdy porcelain. 

Find out if a root canal is the right choice to protect and improve your dental health by calling Marina Dental Care or clicking to schedule online.