Root Canals Specialist

Unique Dental Care

Rahul Malik, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & Denture Specialist located in San Leandro, CA

The term “root canal” conjures up fear in a lot of people, as they imagine a painful procedure in the dentist’s chair. But at Unique Dental Care, Dr. Rahul Malik rescues your tooth with a gentle touch and virtually pain-free root-canal therapy. Dr. Malik and his friendly team at Unique Dental’s office in San Leandro, California, ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure. If you’re in or around San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, or San Lorenzo and have a decayed or aching tooth, get relief with a pain-free root canal procedure by contacting Dr. Malik. You can use the online form or call the helpful Unique Dental team.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that clears an infection in your tooth’s dental pulp and root canals to prevent the infection from spreading, so you can keep the tooth. A root canal is one of two long, narrow tubes that run down each of your tooth’s roots. The canals are filled with pulp, which forms the inner core of your teeth and is rich with sensitive nerves and blood vessels.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Malik gently clears away the infection from your tooth and root canals. He fills the sterilized tooth with a rubbery, medicated substance to stabilize it, and then caps it with a temporary crown (false-tooth cover) for protection. You come back at a later appointment for your custom-designed, permanent crown.

Why have I heard that root canals are painful?

In the past, root canal procedures could be painful. However, today’s advanced dental techniques, tools, and anesthesia make most dental treatments, including root canals, almost pain-free. Dr. Malik can provide either local anesthesia or sedation dentistry to make your procedure comfortable. If you prefer sedation dentistry, you can choose from:

  • Nitrous oxide, which increases relaxation
  • Oral sedation, which calms you before and during your treatment
  • IV sedation, which relaxes you so deeply you may actually fall asleep

Why would I need a root canal?

Root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth. Your natural tooth exerts healthy stress on your jaw and preserves the proper alignment of your other teeth. Dr. Malik only extracts a tooth if it’s too damaged to be preserved.

Clearing an infection with root canal therapy also preserves your oral and whole-body health. If you don’t treat an infection in your tooth, the infection can spread through your bloodstream to other organs and may even cause a dangerous systemic infection.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

If you have an aching tooth or if your tooth has darkened, you may need a root canal. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see Dr. Malik right away:

  • Ache or pain in your tooth or gums
  • Swollen or lumpy gums
  • Darkened or discolored tooth
  • Sensitive tooth
  • Bitter or foul taste in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen neck

Don’t suffer an aching tooth: Come see Dr. Malik for pain-free root canal therapy. Call his helpful staff or use the online booking form.