Root Canal Specialist

Susan Malibiran, DMD -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Rio Dental Practice

Susan Malibiran, DMD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Rohnert Park, CA

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Susan Malibiran, DMD, at Rio Dental wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. The professional dental team at Rio Dental in Rohnert Park, California, is well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. Dr. Malibiran at Rio Dental eliminates the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue from inside your tooth if it becomes severely infected. Doing so lets her get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

An untreated cavity or oral injury can cause infection in the tissue and roots of your teeth. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What is the procedure for a root canal?

Dr. Malibiran can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require a digital X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, Dr. Malibiran will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. Occasionally, she sticks a dental dam, or a small film of rubber, on your tooth to keep it hygienic and shielded while the procedure is happening. Once your tooth is numb, she makes a tiny cut in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

Then, Dr. Malibiran uses small files to remove the damaged and diseased pulp and irrigates the area with water to wash away any debris. After all diseased matter is gone, she either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

Call Rio Dental or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.