Root Canals

Hayward Dentistry

Chen Tsung Chang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Hayward, CA

If you need a molar root canal, you might feel apprehensive, but the procedure is probably far less uncomfortable than you’re imagining provided you visit a skilled and experienced dentist. Chen Tsung Chang, DDS, of Hayward Dentistry in Hayward, California, performs molar root canals with the minimum of stress and discomfort, relieving you of the pain that decay and infection cause inside your teeth. If you’re in need of a molar root canal treatment, Dr. Chang can help. Call Hayward Dentistry today, or book an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a molar root canal treatment?

A molar root canal is a dental procedure intended to reduce oral discomfort and restore a damaged or decayed molar. When the inside of your molar is severely infected or decayed, Dr. Chang extracts the dying or dead tissue and bacteria from inside the tooth. In doing so, he is able to save your tooth and ease your pain.

How does the root of a tooth become infected?

Your tooth roots and the tissues within your teeth can become infected when bacteria enter a damaged molar or one that has a cavity. Infected tissue can cause a host of problems if the infection spreads, and is often extremely painful, so be sure to seek treatment from Dr. Chang if you have any damaged or decaying teeth.

How can I recognize an infected molar?

Typical symptoms of an infected molar include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

An infected molar can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough.

How does a molar root canal work?

Dr. Chang can usually mend your molar in one or two treatment sessions. First, it may be necessary for you to have an X-ray to ascertain the degree of damage to the tooth that requires the root canal.

At your appointment, Dr. Chang uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. He may put a dental dam or a small film of rubber on your tooth to shield it and keep it clean during the procedure. When the anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Chang makes a tiny cut in your molar to reach the diseased area within the root.

After this, Dr. Chang uses small files to extract diseased and dead pulp, irrigating the area with water to wash away any debris. Until you return for a permanent crown, Dr. Chang either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

If you have any symptoms of a molar infection, Dr. Chang can relieve the pain and take action to save your tooth. Call Hayward Dentistry today or schedule a consultation online.