Root Canal Treatment Livermore, CA

root canals

Root canals are performed when a patient has a severely infected tooth that is causing them a lot of pain. A root canal treatment is often the best way to save a cracked, decayed, or otherwise injured tooth when the interior tissue becomes infected. When performed promptly, a root canal will relieve the pain caused by an infection and prevent further decay or deterioration of the tooth, restoring it to its original functionality. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at Dr. Lin’s Livermore office today.


When the interior tissue of a tooth, called the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected, it is necessary to remove the infected tissue. During a root canal treatment, the dentist will use special tools to remove the pulp and thoroughly clean out the inside of the tooth. They will then medicate, fill, and seal the tooth to protect it from further infections.

The process of removing irritated and infected tissue, cleaning out the tooth, and filling and sealing it can typically be completed within 1-2 hours. In most cases, your tooth will also be fitted with a temporary dental crown after receiving a root canal. This is done to strengthen it and provide more protection against future decay and damage.

After the root canal treatment, it will take a couple of weeks for everything to heal completely. Once the tooth has recovered all the way, the temporary dental crown can be removed and replaced with a permanent one. The new permanent crown will look and function just like the original tooth.

To perform a root canal, your dentist will apply local anesthesia to the affected area to numb it and make the procedure more comfortable. The feeling of the procedure itself is somewhat comparable to getting a filling. In fact, most of the stigma around getting a root canal performed stems from the fact that the tooth itself is in extreme pain due to infection, but the root canal itself is a relatively pain-free procedure.

If you are particularly nervous about a root canal, sedation dentistry is also available. We offer sedation to patients who have extreme anxiety about dental operations in order to ease their fears. We always strive to make the whole process as comfortable as possible for our patients, so they can get the treatment they need without feeling scared or apprehensive about a visit to the dentist.

If you are experiencing an intense toothache or gum pain, discoloration, or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, it could be a sign of infection. Tenderness of a tooth when touched as well as tenderness or swelling of the lymph nodes under your jaw can also indicate a problem that may require a root canal to solve. Always see your dentist immediately if you start to experience any of these symptoms to determine the cause and receive the appropriate treatment.

If initial symptoms are left untreated, a more serious infection called an abscess can develop. A tooth abscess results in pus enclosed in the tissue of the root of the infected tooth and the surrounding gums. If you notice any pus accumulation or drainage in your mouth, see your dentist immediately to get the infection examined and treated.

Common Symptoms of a Tooth Needing a Root Canal:

  • Prolonged toothache
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperatures
  • Gum pain and inflammation
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Pus accumulation in gum tissue or pus drainage in the mouth
  • Tooth tenderness when chewing and biting
  • Tenderness and swelling of lymph nodes below the jawbone

If you leave an infection untreated without receiving a root canal, the tooth essentially dies. The pulp inside of the tooth, which contains blood vessels and nerves, will continue to decay until the tooth no longer has healthy roots. If you do not see a root canal dentist to receive treatment for an infected tooth in time, the dead tooth will usually need extraction.

It’s always preferable to receive a root canal rather than to go through the whole process of extracting and replacing an untreated tooth. As long as you see the dentist as soon as you start to experience irritation or other symptoms of infection, a root canal is effective in saving the tooth more than 95% of the time.

For more information about root canals or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, call our office in Livermore, California today.

Technology & Safety

Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.

Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology

Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.

Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging

Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!


State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)

Computerized Delivery

Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients

Computerized Dental Record

Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.

Highly Trained Staff

Highly trained and licensed providers and staff

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