Root Canals Specialist

Smiles Dental Spa

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tracy, CA

If the idea of having a gap in your smile after losing a tooth upsets you, a root canal can help you keep your tooth. Shirley Zhao, DDS, at Smiles Dental Spa in Tracy, California, offers root canals to restore your tooth and protect against future damage. Call the office, or schedule an appointment online at the first sign of tooth pain.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are dental restorations to repair severely decayed, infected, or damaged teeth. Root canals can save teeth from extraction or loss. During the procedure, your dentist cleans the inside of your tooth, fills it, and reseals it to eliminate the infection.

When are root canals needed?

There are several signs and symptoms that indicate a tooth is badly damaged or infected and probably needs a root canal, including:

  • Swollen gums, neck, or face
  • Toothache or gum pain
  • Discolored tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Tooth abscess
  • Large cavities
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures


If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Smiles Dental Spa. The earlier you seek treatment for a damaged tooth the better your chances of saving it.

What should I expect during a root canal procedure?

Your Smiles Dental Spa dentist determines whether you need a root canal by examining your affected tooth and taking X-rays. During the root canal appointment, you’ll first receive a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

During a root canal, your dentist makes an opening in the crown of your tooth to remove dental decay and infected portions of the tooth’s pulp. Once cleaned of bacteria, the pulp chamber is flushed and medication is applied to eliminate the infection. Next, the chamber is filled with dental materials, and the tooth is sealed with a dental filling to protect it.

In some cases, a tooth with a root canal will need a crown to strengthen it and prevent future damage.

What happens after I get a root canal?

Your tooth may be more sensitive than usual for a few days after the procedure. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.

Your restored tooth looks and functions like the rest of your natural teeth and requires the same oral hygiene practices as your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily, schedule routine dental cleanings and exams, and avoid chewing on ice or other hard objects. If your crown is loose or you experience increased pain, call Smiles Dental Spa for an appointment.

Ignoring toothaches results in severe decay and eventual tooth loss. Call the office, or schedule an appointment with Smiles Dental Spa online at the first sign of tooth pain.