Root Canals

Root Canals


Root canals from Dr. Mario Godinez are the best way to restore your tooth if you’re suffering from a tooth infection. When left untreated, an infected tooth will continue to cause you significant pain, and may eventually die and fall out of your mouth.


A root canal is used to prevent this. By opening up the tooth, cleaning out the interior of the tooth, and sanitizing and filling the tooth, Dr. Godinez can preserve it for years to come, and restore your dental health. Learn more below, or contact us now if you think you need a root canal in Encinitas. 


Do Root Canals Hurt?


Root canals don’t hurt. The process of root canal therapy is only about as invasive as having a cavity filled, and Dr. Godinez uses the latest numbing products, tools, and techniques to make sure your nerves are totally numb, and that you feel absolutely nothing during your treatment. We even offer sedation dentistry, which will ensure that you can remain totally calm and relax in the dentist’s chair at the office of Mario A Godinez DDS. 


The Root Canal Process


To begin, Dr. Godinez will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he will use a dental drill to remove any decayed or damaged material from the outside of your tooth, and to create a small opening in the tooth’s surface.


Through this opening, Dr. Godinez will extract infected tooth material using special dental tools. Then, the tooth will be flushed and sanitized, and filled with a rubber-like substance that strengthens the interior of the tooth. 


Lastly, your tooth will be restored with a filling or a crown to protect it from further damage. The entire process usually takes 1-2 hours at most. After treatment, your new tooth will be completely healthy, and you’ll be free of pain and discomfort. 


Determining If You Need A Root Canal 


You may need a root canal if you have a deep cavity and your tooth becomes infected. The most common sign of this is a painful toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer and gets worse over time. You may also notice discoloration of your tooth or the nearby gum tissue, and your tooth may feel more sensitive when you bite and chew, particularly if you’re eating or drinking hot or cold foods.


Root canal therapy is also recommended if you experience a serious oral injury. For example, if your tooth is cracked or damaged by dental trauma, this can expose the pulp inside the tooth to oral bacteria, and result in an infection. Even if you think that your tooth is okay after an injury, a minor crack or fracture can still cause serious complications, so see Dr. Godinez as soon as you can for an emergency appointment, and see if you need root canal therapy.