Root Canal Specialist

Florencio Burquez, DDS -  - Family Dentist

Florencio Burquez, DDS

Family Dentist located in Chula Vista, CA

Florencio Burquez DDS, provides his patients with gentle and professional root canal treatments to remove decay from the interior of a tooth. This treatment is similar to a regular dental filling and with advances in dental technology and practices, is virtually pain-free. Dr. Burquez treats patients from throughout San Diego county from his practice in Chula Vista, California. Call today to schedule treatment with Dr. Burquez or use his convenient online appointment tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment like a cavity filling, except the decay is removed from the pulpy interior of the tooth. Sometimes the interior of a tooth in the roots where the nerves and blood vessels are located becomes decayed. This can cause quite a bit of pain if the nerves are affected. In many cases, interior decay is only visible with dental X-rays. Root canal treatment used to have a reputation for being painful, but modern advances in dental technology and techniques have made root canals painless.

What symptoms indicate that I need a root canal?

If you have internal tooth decay that requires a root canal, you may experience:

  • A very painful toothache
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Swelling and aching gums: Frequently a sign of an infected tooth

What happens during a root canal?

The steps of a root canal are very similar to cavity fillings. The first thing Dr. Burquez will do is thoroughly numb your teeth, gums and other soft tissue first with a topical analgesic then with an injected local anesthetic.

Once you are numb, Dr. Burquez will use special tools to access the pulpy interior of the affected tooth and remove any decay and debris.

Once any decay has been removed, Dr. Burquez will fill the tooth with a special composite material and sealant to prevent any further decay.

Finally, he will fit a crown onto the affected and weakened tooth to protect it from any further damage.

How do I take care of my teeth after a root canal?

Your teeth and mouth will be numb for several hours following a root canal. You may find that an over the counter pain killer will help with any discomfort or sensitivity following the root canal treatment. You will want to gently brush and floss your teeth as you normally do following a root canal.

Most patients don’t experience much pain at all, but if you experience any extreme pain or swelling in the days following a root canal procedure, be sure to contact Dr. Burquez as soon as possible.