By Robert Wick, DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: root canal  

You have some dental symptoms that will not go away. Bad breath, sharp pain when you chew, and just a feeling of malaise typically mean root canalinfection. Infection threatens the integrity of a tooth, but don't worry. Your Hayward dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, offers root canal therapy, a tried and true restorative procedure that may allow your tooth to stay comfortably in place for years.

What is root canal therapy?

The formal name is endodontics. It involves treating the soft pulp contained in the interior of each tooth. The pulp helps a tooth develop during adolescence, but as a person ages, its active function diminishes.

Therefore, if the pulp becomes inflamed or infected through injury or decay, it may be removed, the tooth sealed with inert gutta-percha and then protected with a customized dental crown. In short, that's root canal therapy in Hayward, and it's a tooth-saver.

Do you need it?

Dr. Wick can tell you by looking at your tooth and gums, X-raying the area and evaluating your symptoms. Many of his patients who qualify for root canal therapy in Hayward exhibit these symptoms:

  • Visible crack in the tooth enamel
  • Deep discoloration of the tooth
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing
  • A red pimple on the gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Swollen jaw
  • Throbbing toothache
  • Fever and malaise

Additionally, most avulsed (knocked out) teeth require root canal therapy. Teeth which have been displaced laterally or deeper into the socket (luxated) usually qualify for root canal therapy a week or two after injury, says the American Association of Endodontists.

Does it hurt?

Root canal therapy in Hayward requires only locally injected numbing medication and over the counter ibuprofen afterwards. Generally, a two-visit root canal treatment relieves the extreme symptoms associated with abscess or injury.

So if you've heard people say that root canals really hurt and take multiple appointments, don't believe them. Dr. Wick and his team comfortably save injured and ailing teeth, avoiding the problems extraction causes (smile gaps, compromised speech and eating, and drifting of remaining teeth).

Don't wait

If you're noticing dental symptoms such as the ones outlined above, contact Dr. Robert Wick in Hayward for an appointment. The National Consumer Advisory Board has selected Dr. Wick as one of America's Best Dentists. So you know you're in good hands. Call (510) 782-1444.

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