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Do I Really Need Treatment?

Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse. 

Don't Suffer With Tooth Pain

Root Canal Treatment in Oakland, CA

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health.

Root Canal Treatment in Oakland, CA

Root Canal Treatment in Oakland, CA

If left untreated, a cavity can develop into severe tooth decay that can reach the center of your tooth where the nerves and tooth pulp are located. When tooth decay reaches this layer, a root canal is required to eliminate the infection and ultimately save the tooth. Dr. Dennis Prat can treat your infection with a root canal in Oakland, CA.

Dr. Prat can perform a root canal with minimal discomfort to you. The root canal will eliminate the infection and save your tooth which might otherwise be lost. If left untreated, the severe tooth decay can reach all the way to the bottom of your root and leak into your jaw bone. When this occurs, an abscess is formed and the pressure created can cause an extreme amount of pain. Such an abscess can also be life threatening if left untreated. A tooth infected with decay cannot heal itself, and tooth decay therefore must be promptly addressed.

Root Canal Procedure

Before Dr. Prat begins the procedure, he will make sure you are sufficiently numbed to ensure a comfortable experience in his office. A small opening is made in the top of your tooth and the tooth decay is removed. A very small instrument called a dental file is used to remove the decay from the center of your tooth where the nerves and pulp are located as well as within the canals of the roots. Filling material called gutta percha is used to fill the canals, and x-rays are taken during the procedure to make sure the decay is gone and the filling material has reached the ends, or apices, of your roots. If a tooth is extremely damaged from tooth decay, a large filling called a core along with a post might be used to stabilize the tooth. A crown is placed over the tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Do not lose your teeth to untreated tooth decay. Seek root canal treatment immediately and call Dr. Prat’s office in Oakland, CA to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Our Office

The Dental Touch
Dr. Dennis Prat
4215 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

Phone:
Current Patients: (510) 658-0110
New Patients: (510) 849-6560

About Us

Oakland dentist Dr. Dennis A. Prat provides a wide range of dental treatments including: preventative, restorative, cosmetic, pediatric, sedation and minimally invasive dentistry. Schedule a free dental implant or gum surgery consultation today!

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  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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