Rather Have A Root Canal?

Daly City EndodonticsHave you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we perform root canal therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canals have advanced significantly in recent years. For many patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.

How do you know if you need a root canal? You should speak with us immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is essential to visit us regularly for a thorough dental examination and dental cleaning.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide root canal treatment along with cosmetic dentistry and other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Daly City

Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words make a lot of people uneasy, because they’re associated with pain. But at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we stress that root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

A root canal usually becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. Formally known as endodontic treatment, root canals involve cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. When that’s finished, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over it.

Root canals are done on teeth that are very sick, and if they aren’t performed, the tooth will probably die. Even more ominous are the blood-borne infections that spread through the body because of the infected tooth.

The tip-off that something is going on with one of your teeth may be as ordinary as a toothache. But that ache is telling you something, so if you have a toothache don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.

In addition to root canals, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Root Canal vs Dental Implant

San Mateo root canals vs tooth implants

When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, the dentist at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City must, with the patient, make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by completing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that affect this choice. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of gum disease.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal procedure is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is commonly the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has acute decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots can be more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail, some patients ask if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is necessary, talk with Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. You can count on getting unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Kenneth Hovden DDS

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Kenneth Hovden DDSHello San Francisco dental blog visitors, welcome to the Kenneth Hovden DDS blog. I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden in Daly City.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Daly City dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS and would love to serve you. At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we offer restorative dentistry, Invisalign, and Lumineers.

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Saving Teeth in Daly City

Root Canals in Daly City When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Daly City dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.

Kenneth Hovden DDS: 650-755-6000

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build up and crown.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a San Francisco dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS  dental practice. I have been practicing dentistry since 1981. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved. Is it time for a thorough dental exam? Call our office at 650-755-6000.

Call Kenneth Hovden DDS immediately if one of your teeth is screaming for attention!