Root Canals

Shirley Zhao, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Zhao Dental

Shirley Zhao, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasanton, CA & Tracy, CA

Don’t just deal with pain from an infected tooth root when there are innovative solutions available at Zhao Dental. In Pleasanton and Tracy, California, Shirley Zhao, DDS, and the hard-working dental group provide root canals when needed to protect and enhance dental health and wellness. The team has ample experience performing root canals and many other effective dental treatments and solutions. To inquire about a root canal, click the online booking tool or call Zhao Dental today.

Root Canals

What is a root canal?

A root canal refers to an in-office dental procedure specially designed to help you save your natural tooth structure and maintain optimal appearance of your tooth. 

With a root canal, your dentist carefully removes your infected tooth pulp and uses a special biocompatible dental material to replace it. 

Your tooth pulp is necessary for growth and development, but you don’t need it once your tooth has fully matured. If your tooth pulp is infected, it’s always best to remove it to protect your dental health.

Why would I need a root canal?

During your regular professional dental checkup and cleaning at Zhao Dental, your dentist uses advanced digital X-rays to check for infected tooth pulp, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

Your dentist might recommend a root canal if you’re dealing with certain signs or symptoms, such as:

  • An abscess near an infected tooth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Soreness when you’re chewing with or pressing on your infected tooth
  • Pus drainage from the infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold


If you have symptoms or concerns, prioritize your dental health and visit Zhao Dental for an evaluation.

Is a root canal painful?

At Zhao Dental, your dentist performs root canal procedures under local anesthesia. You might experience some sensitivity and soreness in the treated area for a few days after your root canal. To help with any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medications.

If you have pain for more than a few days, you should contact Zhao Dental. When the healing process is complete, your root canal should get rid of any pain from your infected tooth root.

What does a root canal procedure involve?

With a root canal at Zhao Dental, your dentist begins by numbing the area around your infected tooth. Your dentist makes a small hole in your tooth and gently removes any signs of infection. Your dentist carefully uses a special dental solution to kill any bacteria inside.

To finish your root canal procedure, your dentist fills in the area where the infected pulp was with a special rubbery dental material and seals the site.

Your dentist might protect the vulnerable area by fitting your root canal with a beautiful custom crown. 

With a root canal, the appointment usually takes two hours divided into two office visits. The team at Zhao Dental has extensive experience and takes time to explain the procedure in more detail, so you can feel more comfortable and prepared and know what to expect.

Learn more about a root canal and how it could benefit your dental health. Click the online booking tool or call Zhao Dental today.