Root Canal Specialist

Roland Elazegui, DMD -  - General Dentist


Roland Elazegui, DMD

General Dentist located in Milpitas, CA

When skilled hands perform your root canal, you don’t have to be afraid. Roland Elazegui, DMD, at EDental in Milpitas, California, is an experienced dentist offering minimally-invasive preventive, general, and cosmetic dental services. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, pain when eating, or tender gums, you might require a root canal. Dr. Elazegui proudly serves the Bay Area, San Jose, and Fremont communities of California. Call EDental or schedule an appointment online today.

Root Canal Q & A

by Roland Elazegui, DMD

What is a root canal?

When your tooth suffers from damage, an infection, or decay, a root canal can save you from a tooth extraction.

Pulp makes up the center of your tooth. This soft tissue is consists of blood vessels and nerve fibers with several functions, including:

  • Keeping the tooth nourished with blood
  • Sensing temperature, pressure, and pain from trauma
  • Forming dentin, the tooth’s second layer that provides its structure

If your pulp becomes infected, inflamed, or irritated, Dr. Elazegui must remove it by performing a root canal.

How does a tooth become infected?

An infection in your tooth’s pulp can occur due to several factors, including:

  • Decay
  • Trauma
  • Large fillings
  • Cracks or chips

If you don’t remove infected pulp from your tooth, the infection can spread and cause an abscess. Abscesses are painful pockets filled with pus that indicate your infection has spread beyond your tooth root. This serious condition can lead to bone loss and the loss of your tooth.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

Several symptoms can indicate your tooth is infected, such as:

  • A bump on the gum
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Gum swelling or tenderness
  • Tooth sensitivity to temperature
  • Tooth pain from pressure or eating
  • Swelling around your face or neck

Dr. Elazegui diagnoses an infected tooth dental exam with X-rays.

What can I expect during a root canal?

While root canals have a bad reputation, Dr. Elazegui and his team at EDental work together to provide a procedure focused on your comfort.

During your root canal, Dr. Elazegui numbs the area using a local anesthetic. After it takes effect, he uses a drill to create a small opening in your tooth so he can access the infected pulp. After removing your infected pulp, Dr. Elazegui cleans the inside of your tooth.

Sometimes medication is placed inside your tooth to resolve any infection or oral antibiotics are required, depending on the extent of your infection. Your tooth might also be left open to drain for a few days to ensure it’s clean before you receive your permanent filling or crown to protect your tooth from future damage.

If you think you need a root canal, call EDental or schedule an appointment online today.