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Root Canals Specialist

Baldwin Louie, DDS & Patricia Louie, DDS

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Inner Richmond District, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Baldwin Louie and Dr. Patricia Louie provide state-of-the-art root canal services to help preserve the natural teeth of his patients from their modern and comfortable practice in the Richmond District of San Francisco, CA.

Root Canals Q&A

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to preserve a tooth when damage and decay has spread to its pulpy interior. During treatment, the dentist removes the pulp, nerves, bacteria and decay to save the tooth. Once the removal is complete the interior of the tooth is filled with a special, medicated dental material to seal. A crown may be installed to provide additional strength and protection to the tooth as a root canal removes the central portion of the tooth which can weaken the tooth.

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

Modern pain management techniques will be used by the dentist to minimize any discomfort felt by the patient during the procedure. The root canal is similar to a normal filling procedure in that decay is removed and the tooth then filled, sealed and protected. The treatment is typically completed over one or two visits to the dentist, depending on the condition of the tooth. When the procedure starts, the tooth and surrounding area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist will use specially designed tools to remove the decayed interior of the tooth and to clear away the tissue. Next, the canal itself is filled and sealed to prevent anything from entering and causing further damage to the tooth. A filling will be carefully applied and shaped to protect the tooth. A temporary crown or covering will be placed onto the treated tooth until the permanent crown is ready. When the crown has been created, it will be attached to the tooth using a very strong bonding agent to provide additional strength and protection.

Will My Tooth Require Special Care After a Root Canal?

Directly following the procedure, the patient may experience some minor swelling and discomfort. Any tenderness can usually be treated with over the counter painkillers and ice packs. Patients may want to avoid chewing on the side of the mouth with the treated tooth for a day or so following the treatment. After root canal therapy the tooth can be vulnerable to fracture until the crown has been placed. Once the initial tenderness subsides, the tooth should be cleaned and maintained as normal, with regular brushing and flossing. 

Insurance Information

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