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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentist in Walnut Creek, California wants you to knowroot canal

Root canals are a common dental treatment to eliminate dental pain and still keep your tooth. So how do you know the pain is bad enough to need a root canal? The truth is you may or may not exhibit signs and symptoms and yet you may still need a root canal. Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California wants to share the signs of when you may need a root canal.

Root canal treatment is often performed because teeth have been damaged, broken or traumatized by an accident or injury involving the face. They may also be necessary due to deep dental decay which has reached the inner layer of the tooth, an area called the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is where all of the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. Once the pulp becomes bruised or infected, the tooth begins to die, and you need a root canal.

It’s important to know that teeth can also die without any signs or symptoms. When this happens, you may not feel any pain. You may only notice the tooth appearing darker than the teeth next to it.

So, how do you know if you might need a root canal? There are several obvious signs and symptoms, including:

  • Increasing pain after exposure to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Increasing pain after a filling or crown is placed
  • Aching, stabbing pain after biting down or chewing
  • Radiating pain into other areas of your face
  • A white or red bump which appears next to a tooth root
  • Bleeding, drainage or pus coming out of the bump near the tooth root

To learn more about root canal treatment, please visit the Endodontics section on Dr. Skiba’s website at

If you think you may need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Skiba uses only the latest state-of-the-art technology and techniques to relieve your pain and still keep your tooth. Help is on the way! Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California today!

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
April 30, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: root canal  

One of the most effective techniques for saving decayed or injured teeth is the root canal treatment. Yet when many people hear they need it, they become nervous at the prospect.

Much of this stems from a common misunderstanding that undergoing a root canal is painful. It’s not — today’s anesthetics are quite effective in numbing pain during a procedure, and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort afterwards.

In fact, a root canal treatment relieves pain caused by decay within a tooth. As decay progresses, it can enter the interior known as the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and blood vessels. It attacks these nerves causing pain and infection. If the infection progresses through passageways known as root canals that are in the roots of the tooth, the pain can intensify. More important, the tooth is in danger of loss as the root and connective tissues that hold the tooth in place are injured from the spreading infection.

During a root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small access hole, usually in the biting surface or in the rear of a front tooth. Once we enter the pulp chamber we remove all the contaminated tissue. Once thoroughly cleansed, we fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling (usually gutta percha) to prevent future infection. The access hole is then sealed and at a subsequent visit we strongly recommend placing a permanent crown to provide further protection from damage to the tooth.

Root canal treatments are quite common. All general dentists have been trained in endodontic treatment and can perform most types of procedures. More difficult cases (like a complex root canal network that may be hard to access) may require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. Endodontists use advanced techniques and specialized microscopic equipment to treat complicated situations.

It’s actually good news if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment — it means your tooth has a good chance of survival once it’s disinfected and the decay is removed. But don’t delay: the sooner we can treat your tooth, the better your chances of a healthy outcome.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”