When detected early, tooth decay is addressed with a standard dental filling or something similar to clean the enamel and seal the area. But when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Also called endodontic treatment or root canal therapy, our dentists will remove the damaged pulp from the tooth, clean the cavity, and fill the tooth. Our dentists at Dental Express recommend root canal therapy to patients because it not only treats the infected tooth, but it keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (creating a larger issue).
Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Our team will do their best to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable. To do this, we provide sedation for anxiety. Call one of our San Diego, CA offices for more information about root canal therapy or to arrange a consultation.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I am amazed with the service here! Best dental office I have been to. Dr. Martin worked on my root canal, and he did a great job. I felt comfortable on all my 4 visits (one for the cleaning + exam and 3 for the root canal). No pain at all! I recommend this place, specially if you're using UCSD SHIP. They give you an out-of-pocket estimate upfront so there are no surprises."- M.C. / Yelp / Sep 29, 2016
"Dr Jamie is excellent! I had a molar (with crown) that had slowly gotten more more painful and needed immediate attention. I needed a root canal just after Christmas. I was having a difficult time finding someone that could perform a RC. I call Dental Express and they were able to see me that day for a consult. They were able to also perform the first half of the RC procedure. Both phases of the RC went very well... the procedures were completely pain free. I will go back to Dr Jamie for future RC procedures!!!"- B.L. / Yelp / Jan 04, 2017
"Dr. Michelle was amazing. I recently discovered the need for a root canal and stopped into the Dental Express for cleaning along with a second opinion. I previously received looks of judgment from another dentist and left his office feeling uncomfortable with the whole experience. I personally have a very high tolerance for pain and will not notice something's wrong until it's very very wrong. Rather than casting judgment on the care I've taken of my teeth, the doctor spoke to me with compassion and understanding, having known personally that self-care goes to the sidelines in graduate school. The staff as a whole was prompt, personable, and on the contrary actually, I was complimented for the care of my teeth and gums, with the exception of the far back (where the root canal and cavities were). Though I came in for a basic cleaning, I left having a few cavities filled! Thank's Dental Express!"- J.P. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2019
"I cannot say enough good things about this team. Everyone is wonderfully attentive and personal. I've had the pleasure to be assisted by Jose, Dr. Rachelle, and Liz. Myself and my two little ones (1.5 year old and 3.5 year old) have all been treated by Jose and Dr. Rachel. Over the span of 6 months I've visited several times. I had a root canal done and my little ones had their check-ups. Every time I was seen at my appointment time and was greeted with a friendly and welcoming smile from Jose and Liz. I am really happy with the work done for me that I referred my mom as well. My daughter was seen today and was having a hard time. However Jose and Dr. Rachel were incredibly patient and understanding!"- N.B. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2019
"Well first of let me start by saying how bad of a dental patient I am!! I'm so nervous of my teeth being worked on but they made me feel 1000 times better!! I called in spontaneously because I had a bad toothache. They brought me in right away to access and said I needed a root canal. I had an appointment scheduled in a week for it but I was having so much pain I called and they brought me right back in. Dr. Marty waisted no time and took me right in and decided to do the medicating part of the tooth for the root canal. My god did they save my tooth! I woke up this morning with barely any discomfort. I am so happy and thankful they did that for me, even more so I am a new patient. Thank you so much dental express a toothache is no joke!!!!!!"- L.C. / Google / Oct 24, 2018
An infection in the pulp of a tooth may be caused by a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth. Common signs that you might have an infection include tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Schedule an appointment at Dental Express if you feel or see any changes in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about going to the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to help you remain calm and at ease during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect
Prior to the procedure, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with one of our dentists. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Some individuals request nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. We are very understanding of dental anxieties and will help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
During an endodontic procedure, our team will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber is meticulously cleaned to eliminate any leftover debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a special material to seal and protect it.
Depending on the type of sedation that you chose, you may need to have a responsible adult drive you home following your appointment. You should expect your mouth to feel sensitive or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you schedule a follow-up six months after your root canal. Our team will check to determine if the infection has been controlled and that your mouth has healed. Afterward, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and biannual cleanings to maintain your oral health.
During your consultation, we will go over cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you have dental insurance, we will speak with your provider to figure out your benefits. If you don't have dental insurance, Dental Express takes a number of payment methods and may be able to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, a root canal can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. For patients with severe dental anxiety, we offer various sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and comfortable throughout your root canal. Call our office in San Diego, CA to arrange a consultation and learn more about root canal therapy.