Root Canals

What Are Root Canals

What are Root Canals?

A root canal is a procedure that involves taking out the pulp of a tooth. Every one of your teeth has a small inner pulp that is responsible for housing the nerves and blood supply. If this pulp becomes infected or has been exposed, we’ll recommend removing it via a root canal. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed nationwide.

Why is a Root Canal needed?

Most commonly, a root canal is required because a cavity was ignored or left undetected for far too long, allowing the decay to reach inside the tooth, infecting deep down into the pulp. Alternatively, if a tooth breaks or cracks, you may need to have a root canal done because the tooth is extremely painful and sensitive. Most patients who require a root canal will find that the tooth in question is painful and sensitive to both hot and cold liquids.

Who is a candidate for a Root Canal?

With the help of an exam and x-ray, we can determine if you might need a root canal. Most patients who need this procedure can be scheduled to have it done right away. It is better to have the root canal done as soon as the problem is found to prevent the pain and sensitivity from getting worse. Root canals help to preserve the tooth itself, and save it from being extracted.

What happens during the procedure for Root Canals?

A root canal procedure begins by administering a local anesthetic to the area. The tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth using a dental dam. The decay is removed from the tooth, and the pulp taken out. The canals of the roots themselves are thoroughly cleaned out, and any remaining pulp matter is removed. We then fill these canals with a special medicated material, and place a tooth-colored filling to close the tooth. The procedure is quick, easy, and incredibly beneficial to your oral health.

If you suspect that you need a root canal, call us today and we will be happy to help get you in for an appointment.


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Amin Salvi Dental
Is Now Open!

The last few months have been challenging for all of us. We have missed seeing you, chatting with you, sharing stories with you and laughing with you. We are SO excited to finally be able to invite you back to our office!

As you already know, Amin Salvi Dental does not cut corners on safety and technology. We have always prided ourselves in exceeding the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for infection control measures. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which have been outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of our own families remain our top priority.

  • All essential paperwork (including a COVID-19 screening form) along with financial agreements are to be done prior to your appointment. We will be texting and emailing the links for the forms to be filled out at home or on your mobile device. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel ill, please reschedule your appointment and call your physician.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in the car and text or call the office. We will inform you when to enter the office so we can maintain social distancing protocols
  • When entering the office, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering. Although county guidelines are not as strict, we maintain this requirement for the safety of everyone. Due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we cannot provide masks. Should you require one, we will charge you $1 for the mask.
  • Patients must arrive to their appointment alone without family/friends. A single guardian will be allowed for minors, elderly and those with special needs or requirements.
  • We will be taking your temperature when arriving to our office and recording this in your records.

Here are a few additional things we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • We have installed air purification systems in the main operatories
  • We have installed sneeze guards at the check-in and check-out areas. We request that when you are required to talk to the front desk administration, you stand behind those.
  • Before appointments, we will use a medical peroxide pre-rinse which has been proven to help kill virus particles

We will have new scheduling guidelines

You will be hearing from us shortly as we are rescheduling routine hygiene and treatment for everyone. As you can imagine, we have a large backlog of cancelled appointments so we appreciate your patience through this process.

If you have any immediate concerns, we request not to call the office but text us at the office number or email us at

Due to the new protocols for physical distancing in the office, we may have limited availability of appointments. Due to this we require a minimum 48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. This allows other patients, who have been waiting, to be seen. Please be courteous to others.

For many procedures we will also be requiring a reservation fee in advance. This fee will be applied to your deductible or co-pay for the treatment and is not an additional fee of any kind.

We look forward to seeing all of you and catching up on the activities you have been doing to keep busy during this downtime!

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