Skilled Root Canal Therapy in San Francisco
If you have a severely infected tooth, it can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Not only can a tooth infection be uncomfortable, but it can also lead to severe health complications if left untreated. At the dental practice of Steven J. Baldwin, D.D.S. and Cynthia Scipioni, D.D.S., we're proud to offer skilled root canal therapy to help restore and protect your tooth from bacteria.
Our office also offers emergency root canal therapy to help you get the relief you deserve. We look forward to meeting you and learning how our San Francisco root canal therapy can help you. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!
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What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Although a tooth is strong and can withstand years of chewing and grinding, it contains soft tissue called the pulp. Your tooth's pulp contains sensitive nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. A single crack to the surface of your tooth can allow bacteria to enter its pulp chamber and lead to infection.
Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that removes your tooth's diseased pulp and reduces the chances of future infection. The procedure can take as little as two visits and includes multiple steps to maximize your comfort. Our practice has spent years performing both simple and complex root canal therapy.
5 Signs of Tooth Infection
It's crucial that you understand the signs of potential tooth infection. If left untreated, bacteria in your tooth can reach your bloodstream and lead to serious conditions like sepsis and meningitis. Our dentists are committed to education and will take the time to help you spot concerning signs, including:
- You feel pain when chewing
- Your tooth has become darker compared to the rest of your teeth
- You experience swelling around your jaw and face
- Your gums are swollen and filled with pus
- There's a persistent bad taste in your mouth
Additionally, we're happy to answer any questions you may have about tooth infections.
Our Root Canal Therapy Process
Over the years, we've improved our San Francisco root canal therapy process to help make your experience as comfortable as possible. We'll begin by taking detailed x-rays of your smile, which helps us identify the severity of your tooth infection. Our staff will anesthetize the area around the affected tooth and create a small opening that serves as a pathway to the infected tissue.
From there, we'll disinfect your tooth's pulp chamber and remove any tissue that's too infected to preserve. Our team will fill the chamber with a specialized antibacterial material that helps prevent future occurrences of infection. Once your tooth has sufficiently healed, you'll come back for a final visit to have a restoration placed over the area.
If you've undergone root canal therapy from a different office but are experiencing complications like pain or infection reoccurrence, we're the place for you. Our team will evaluate the affected tooth and replace any restorations placed during the initial treatment. Additionally, we'll look for any signs of a new infection.
Root Canal Therapy for Molars
It can be challenging for some dentists to perform root canal therapy on molars, as they're located in a tricky area. Our practice has the skills and experience to handle molar root canal therapy. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to ask.
Leveraging State-of-the-Art Technology
Our dental office prides itself on its diverse array of oral health technology that improves the efficiency of our treatments and your experience. Some of the state-of-the-art equipment we use during our procedures includes:
Digital X-Rays: This form of technology creates detailed images of your teeth and jaws while reducing your radiation exposure. Additionally, it can produce images quickly, which helps minimize your time in the exam chair.
Laser Dentistry: Our dentists can use a concentrated beam of light to create incisions like those of a traditional scalpel. However, laser dentistry is more precise and cauterizes as it cuts, improving healing time and reducing the impact on surrounding tissue.
Ultrasonic Dentistry: We can employ ultrasonic dentistry during the root canal therapy process, which helps clean out the pulp chamber. This equipment uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove infected tissue and loose debris.
Dental Cone Beam CT: Our CBCT scanner creates 3D images of your smile. Compared to x-rays, this form of technology can detail not only your teeth and jaws but soft tissue, nerve pathways, and blood vessels. We can more accurately diagnose your infection with comprehensive images of your smile.
Your Place for Experienced Endodontics in San Francisco
At the dental practice of Steven J. Baldwin, D.D.S. and Cynthia Scipioni, D.D.S., we're privileged to offer exceptional root canal therapy to help restore your oral health. Our dentists have years of experience performing simple and complex root canal therapy in San Francisco and are excited to meet you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step toward an infection-free smile!
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