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Root Canal Specialist

Cow Hollow Dental Center

General Dentists located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA

Learning that you need a root canal can fill you with dread. But a root canal doesn’t have to be the painful, drawn-out process you may expect. Kimiko Donnelly, DDS, R. William Smith, DDS, and their dedicated, caring staff at Cow Hollow Dental Center offer quick, comfortable root canals in a relaxing environment. To learn more about how they use this procedure to put a stop to your mouth pain, call their San Francisco, California, office or schedule your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that can save a tooth from damage or decay. The interior of your tooth is made up of a soft tissue called pulp. This pulp helps grow your tooth, but once your tooth is fully developed, it’s no longer necessary.

The pulp can get damaged or start to decay because of an infection. And, because it contains nerve endings, this often causes mouth pain. Fortunately, Dr. Smith and Dr. Donnelly are experts at putting an end to that pain through quick, effective root canals.

During a root canal, your pulp is removed from the interior of your tooth. Dr. Smith or Dr. Donnelly then thoroughly clean the remaining healthy tooth and seal it to prevent any further damage.

The root canal saves your natural tooth, making it easier to chew and talk and protecting your overall smile while keeping you free of pain. It’s an effective way to put a stop to your mouth pain, so don’t hesitate to schedule your root canal today.


Does a root canal hurt?

People often confuse the pain leading up to a root canal with the procedure itself. Actually, a root canal is often no more painful than having a routine cavity filling placed. The problem is that so many people put off having their tooth treated that they’re often in excruciating pain leading up to the treatment. As a result, root canals have long been associated with pain. The truth is, though, that they’re a comfortable, quick, and effective way to put a stop to tooth pain.


What happens after a root canal?

You should be able to get back to your daily activities the day after your root canal. If you have tooth pain leading up to the procedure, it may linger for a few days afterward while the surrounding tissue repairs itself. You can usually manage that pain with over-the-counter pain medication.

If a large portion of your tooth was removed during your root canal, Dr. Smith or Dr. Donnelly may fit you with a dental crown. The crown is a protective cap that goes over your remaining tooth to protect it as you eat and talk. It matches your surrounding teeth so you can maintain your most beautiful smile.

If you have mouth pain, don’t hesitate to contact Cow Hollow Dental Center to get the quick, effective treatment you deserve. Call their office or book your appointment online today.