Del Mar
Root Canals

Restore your infected tooth

with root canal therapy

If you have a toothache that won’t go away in Del Mar, you may have an infected tooth, and need root canal therapy from Dr. Todd Pizzi at Del Mar Dental Studio. With a root canal, you can eliminate your pain and discomfort, preserve your smile, and prevent further complications related to a tooth infection. Learn more below, or contact us now for an appointment. 

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Signs that you need

a root canal

The most common sign that you may need a root canal is a painful toothache that persists for more than 1-2 days. This toothache is caused by the infection of the nerve-filled “pulp” that keeps your tooth alive. 

You may also notice sensitivity and pain when chewing, or when consuming very hot or cold foods or drinks. The tooth may also become discolored, or you may notice discoloration of the surrounding gum tissue.

If you have a fever or notice major swelling of your face and gums, you definitely have a seriously infected tooth, and need to get help from Del Mar Dental Studio right away. This is because, in some cases, the infection could spread throughout your face and neck, which can be life-threatening.

What to expect

The root canal Process

First, Dr. Todd Pizzi will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area for your comfort. You can also be sedated during the root canal process, if you wish. Next, Dr. Pizzi will begin the treatment by using a dental drill to trim away damaged enamel, and creating a small hole in the top of the tooth.

Through this opening, Dr. Pizzi will use a variety of special dental tools to extract decayed pulp and tooth material, removing the bacteria that caused your tooth infection. Then, the tooth will be flushed and sanitized to kill any remaining bacteria.

After this, the tooth will be filled with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” This replaces the missing pulp, and strengthens the inside of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Pizzi will restore your tooth with a filling or a temporary dental crown. You may need to come back to Del Mar Dental Studio for a separate appointment to get a permanent crown.

Recovering from treatment

the root canal healing process

There is no prolonged healing period after you get a root canal. Your tooth will be restored immediately. It may feel a bit tender for a few days, but you can get back to your normal diet and day-to-day routine immediately.

However, you should contact Dr. Pizzi for a followup if your tooth starts to hurt a lot, or if you experience pain and tenderness that lasts for 2+ weeks or longer.

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are root canals painful?

SEPARATING Fact from fiction

Root canals have a reputation for being very painful, thanks to popular culture. But in reality, this could not be further from the truth. Root canals from Dr. Todd Pizzi at Del Mar Dental Studio are completely pain-free.

Your procedure will be done under local anesthesia, and you can even be sedated to help with discomfort and anxiety. You won’t feel a thing, so you can get the dental care you need without fear. 

restore your smile