Root Canal

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Very few people would say they want a root canal, but if your tooth is damaged, getting proper treatment has two significant benefits: It alleviates the pain in your mouth, and it protects your tooth long-term. At her dental practice, Hyun S. Bang, DDS, and the team of root canal specialists use the latest, most innovative technologies and procedures to minimize your discomfort during treatment and speed your healing. To learn more or schedule your root canal, call the San Francisco office or book your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to save your tooth even if it’s undergone serious damage from decay or injury. Hyun S. Bang, DDS, uses a range of the latest technologies to minimize the invasiveness of your procedure and help protect more of your tooth.

The interior of your tooth is made up of a pulp that consists of nerves and tissue. Your pulp can become damaged from decay or an injury, causing you significant pain and compromising the structural integrity of your tooth.

During a root canal, your dentist removes the damaged part of your tooth while protecting the surrounding tooth.

Then, the remaining, healthy part of your tooth is sealed and protected (usually with a crown) so you can continue to eat, drink, and talk normally without pain.

What makes a root canal effective?

The key to a successful root canal is ensuring all the damage or decay is removed so it doesn’t spread to the healthy part of the tooth.

Whenever the pulp of your tooth is damaged, it starts to break down. As it does, bacteria spread throughout the pulp, which can cause infection. This compromises both your tooth and your overall health.

To save your tooth and stop the spread of infection, the team at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, uses the latest technologies to ensure the entire damaged area is effectively removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned while minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure.

Specifically, they use acoustic streaming and cavitation to remove the damaged portion of your tooth and irrigate it, cleaning it to ensure no bacteria remain to compromise your tooth.

For the cleaning, they use an EndoActivator™ and three different types of irrigants for maximal disinfection. The result is a highly effective root canal that protects the healthy portion of your tooth and puts a stop to the pain in your mouth.

What should I expect after my root canal?

You may feel some sensitivity at the site of your root canal for a few days, but over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to keep you comfortable. And you can return to your usual daily activities the day after your procedure.

If you need a root canal and want to ensure it’s both effective and minimally invasive, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or book your appointment online.