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Root Canals

If you are experiencing an infected tooth or an abscess, a root canal may be necessary to effectively treat the issue. Antibiotics are not always effective for saving the tooth as they cannot penetrate the tooth root to eliminate the infection. In such cases, a root canal procedure is performed by Dr. Belen at San Mateo Dental Care to remove the infected tissue, clean out the tooth, and seal it to prevent further infection. With proper care, the tooth can be saved and the body can fully recover. It is important to contact our office if you are experiencing tooth pain or swelling, as delaying treatment can result in more extensive and costly procedures down the line.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment involves accessing the inner portion of the tooth, known as the pulp, and removing the infected or damaged tissue. This is done using specialized tools to clean and shape the root canals before filling them with a biocompatible material. Once the root canals are filled, a dental crown or filling is placed to restore the tooth’s structure and functionality. This procedure not only eliminates the infection but also helps prevent future tooth decay or damage. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to save a damaged tooth and avoid the need for extraction.

Root Canal

Are Root Canals Painful?

Root canals have come a long way in recent years, and modern techniques and anesthetics have made them much more comfortable than in the past. Despite common misconceptions, root canal treatments are not painful procedures. In fact, they are designed to relieve the pain associated with an infected tooth. Avoiding a root canal due to fear can lead to more serious dental problems and even tooth loss. It is important to work with your dentist to address any concerns you may have and ensure that you receive the necessary treatment to protect your dental health.

Symptoms of A Tooth Infection

Call us or schedule appointment immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Discoloration/ Darkening
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to temperature 
  • Severe pain when eating or applying pressure to a tooth
  • Swelling or small pimple-like sores around the tooth.
  • Throbbing inside your tooth.


Not only can an infected tooth make eating and drinking painful, it can also lead to more serious health concerns.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

The cost can depend on the severity of the tooth infection, the location of the tooth, and the number of roots that need to be treated. While a root canal on a front tooth may be less expensive than one on a back tooth, it is important to note that each patient’s case is unique and treatment costs can vary.

However, it is important to consider the long-term benefits of a root canal. By saving your natural tooth, you can avoid more costly procedures such as tooth extractions and dental implants. In addition, keeping your natural tooth can help maintain the proper alignment of your other teeth, leading to better oral health in the long run.

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