Safe, Comfortable, and Effective Root Canal Treatment

An infected tooth can cause constant pain and make eating, drinking, and speaking difficult. The best solution for infected teeth is often root canal therapy. While many people are afraid of root canals, in reality, root canal treatment is virtually painless, especially when performed by a dentist like Daniel E. Stragier in San Diego, CA. Living with a tooth infection can be detrimental to your oral and overall health, so it's important to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Give us a call at (858) 541-1844 to book your consultation.

What Is a Tooth Infection?

A tooth can become infected just like other parts of your body. Teeth consist of enamel, dentin, and soft inner tissue called pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerve endings. Unfortunately, the pulp is susceptible to infection in cases of an advanced cavity or trauma. 

Indicators of infected teeth include pain, sensitivity, and cavities.

Dr. Stragier knows that a root canal can be intimidating for some patients, so he has a rule that he only starts the procedure once he knows they are numb enough to feel no pain.

Once a tooth is fully developed, the pulp can be removed and the hard exterior of the tooth can continue to function normally. For this reason, removing the pulp is usually the best solution for a tooth infection.

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A root canal is a process of removing the infected soft tissue from within a tooth and crowning the remaining exterior.

What Is a Root Canal?

The term "root canal" technically refers to the passage within your tooth that runs from the tip of the root to the crown. Root canal treatment describes the process of removing the infected soft tissue from the root canal while preserving the exterior of the tooth.

During root canal treatment, a dentist or endodontist (a specialist in issues relating to dental pulp) will carefully remove the infected pulp, gently clean and reshape the surfaces of the pulp chamber, and then fill the tooth with a rubbery material. The tooth is usually capped with a dental crown to complete the procedure. You may experience a few days of sensitivity but this will eventually subside.

Root Canals at Balboa Dental

At Balboa Dental Care in San Diego, CA, Dr. Stragier has regularly performed root canals for over 30 years. Because of his extensive experience, he is able to perform almost all root canal procedures himself in his own office, with only extreme cases requiring the assistance of an outside endodontist.

The team at Balboa Dental uses state-of-the-art techniques, materials, and instruments to make endodontic procedures as quick, accurate, and painless as possible. Additionally, Dr. Stragier knows that a root canal can be intimidating for some patients, so he has a rule that he only starts the procedure once he knows they are numb enough to feel no pain. Although most patients only require a local anesthetic, we also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to ensure your complete comfort.

Because of his technology, experience, and commitment to patient care, Dr. Stragier in San Diego is an excellent choice for those in need of this treatment.


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Risks of Non-treatment

Many people are afraid of visiting the dentist, let alone undergoing a root canal, but the cost of ignoring your infection can be high.

If not treated, an infection in the root canal can negatively affect surrounding teeth, gums, and even the jaw. To avoid gum disease, jawbone deterioration, and other serious dental health issues, a root canal is often the only solution.

Besides an endodontic root canal procedure, the only other treatment for a serious tooth infection is extraction. In fact, this may become the only option if the infection is ignored for too long. Extraction leads to a need for restorative dentistry options like dental implants or dentures. Restoration options like implants are far more costly and invasive than a relatively simple root canal.

While a root canal can be intimidating, it is usually the best choice for your long-term oral health. If the idea of undergoing a root canal still causes you stress, it is important to choose an experienced and respected dentist who is committed to your comfort. Dr. Stragier can make certain that your experience is as comfortable and beneficial as possible.

Root Canal Costs

At Balboa Dental Care, root canals usually cost between $850 and $1,170, and the treatment is at least partially covered by most insurance plans. Crowns usually qualify for at least partial coverage as well. The total price will depend on each patient's unique situation and needs. We accept most types of insurance and offer payment plans to cover any out-of-pocket costs.

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a tooth infection, please give us a call at (858) 541-1844. We can arrange to meet with you a soon as possible.

Dr. Daniel Stragier

Balboa Dental Care Healthy Teeth for a Lifetime

For over 30 years, Dr. Daniel Stragier at Balboa Dental Care has provided patients with comprehensive, personalized service. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology, and Dr. Stragier holds membership in:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • San Diego Implant Study Club

Contact us online or call our office at (858) 541-1844 to schedule an appointment today!

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