Root Canal Therapy

Few dental procedures get a worse rap than root canal therapy. In truth, this beneficial procedure can save a badly compromised tooth or preserve options for future tooth replacement. In the gentle care of Dr. Jing at Procopio Towle Dental Office, root canals are nothing to fear.

hero image

Are you experiencing severe tooth infection or toothache? We offer the best root canal services in Walnut Creek. Get the quality root canal procedure to treat infected tooth pulp here.  

Root Canal: Relieving Tooth Pain and Saving Your Natural Teeth 

Do you want services for premium quality root canals? We’ve got you covered. We can let you have the safest and most comfortable root canal procedure here.

We provide professional and quick root canal procedures in Walnut Creek with a professional team of dentists. Our experts can let you save your teeth before it gets late. We are highly passionate about preserving your smile at its best.  

Our root canal expert dentist has years of industry experience with an extensive clientele of happy and satisfied customers.  

You can rely on our dentistry for your root canal treatment. With our experience and expertise, we ensure no more toothache and restore the natural excellence of your teeth with no trace of infection.  

Understanding Root Canals

Root canals help relieve extreme toothache and secure your severely infected or damaged natural teeth. The procedure aims to remove damaged pulp from the tooth and seal it to avoid future infection. Afterward, our dentists will place a dental crown to restore your tooth’s functionality, strength, and appearance.  

The importance of Tooth Pulp  

The pulp is your tooth’s innermost part that occupies a chamber. The pulp plays a crucial role in tooth nutrition, sensitivity, and development. For instance: 

The pulp supplies nutrients to form tooth structure and improve its strength and growth. In addition, the pulp also contains nerve endings that offer sensitivity to different stimuli. The specialized cells in the pulp initiate an immune response to certain infections and inflammation.  

How can it get infected?  

The pulp can get damaged or infected due to multiple reasons, including: 

  • Dental decay  
  • A strong impact or injury  
  • Fractures or cracks in the tooth  
  • Repeated dental procedures.  

Signs that you need Root Canal Treatment

Some signs can make it evident to you that you need a root canal. These signs typically include the following: 

  • Intense or persistent toothache, especially when applying pressure or biting.  
  • Enhanced sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures, which may linger longer.  
  • The surrounding gums of the infected tooth appear tender, red, and swollen.  
  • The tooth may change color or darken to indicate potential damage.  
  • Unpleasant taste or bad breath despite maintaining good oral hygiene practices.  
  • Swelling on your jaws or face.  

How does our root canal procedure work?  

Here is a detailed description of our root canal procedure that you must know: 

Local anesthesia for a comfortable experience.

We give our patients local anesthesia at the beginning of the root canal procedure to ensure a painless process. The doctor will inject anesthesia near the infected tooth to block the sensation temporarily in the affected area.  

Assessing and cleaning damaged or infected pulp.  

After numbing the area, our root canal specialist will assess your pulp chamber. We use specialized instruments to create a tiny access hole in your affected tooth. Our specialized dentists will also remove any damaged or decayed tooth structure that may hinder the pulp chamber’s access.  

Cleaning the pulp chamber.  

We will now use our specialized and fine files to completely remove damaged and infected pulp tissues. Our specialists will also clean and shape the root canal. The step helps eliminate remaining bacteria or any infected tissues from the tooth. 

Shaping and disinfecting root canals. 

Now we will use a series of progressive larger files our dentist will shape and disinfect the root canal. We irrigate the canals with the help of an antibacterial solution to decrease the risk of re-infection. 

Filling the canals. 

After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, we use biocompatible material to film the canals. It will protect your teeth from the re-entry of bacteria and any future infection.  

Dental crown placement 

Our dentists may also recommend dental crown placement per your damage level. The dental crown will improve the strength and function of your tooth and prevent future damage.  

Attending your follow-up appointments and aftercare services is always important to experience your desired root canal results. Prescribed medications can certainly help you to manage your pain. However, you must also maintain an optimal oral hygiene routine to prevent future tooth infections and pain.  

Benefits of getting Root canal procedure from us.

Our root canal procedure is beneficial for multiple reasons. For instance: 

  • It helps in saving your tooth from extraction.  
  • Root canals can help in alleviating severe toothache and discomfort.  
  • It will help in restoring the functionality and appearance of your tooth.  
  • Root canal procedure can also help prevent the infection from spreading to gums and surrounding tissues.  

Do you want to learn more about our root canal procedure? Call us today for more details.  


Q. Is a root canal painful? 

Patients get anesthesia for root canals, due to which the procedure is as painful as your regular dental procedure. However, after the procedure, the root canal is numb or sore, making you feel mild discomfort for a few days.  

Q. How long does a root canal procedure take? 

The exact duration depends upon the level of your tooth infection. Sometimes a root canal procedure may also require multiple appointments. On average, the procedure takes up to 60 minutes to complete.  

Q. Can I drive home after a root canal? 

Yes, if you didn’t have sedation for the treatment, in most cases, you can quickly drive home after the procedure. However, patients with conscious sedation during the process must get help to go home after their appointment.  

Q. Will I need a dental crown after a root canal? 

The root canal procedure weakens your tooth’s structural integrity. The factor is especially truer for your back teeth. Therefore, you must place a dental crown after a root canal.   

Q. Does dental insurance cover root canals? 

Most dental insurance policies require people to meet deductibles before their insurance covers dental procedure costs. For instance, if your deductible limit is $1,000 and the same is your expenditure for a root canal, then the insurance plan will not cover the procedure technically.