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Root Canal

James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

For the longest time, root canal treatment was perceived to be a long and painful procedure. Today, however, a root canal has become one the most common and painless procedures in the field. The dental experts at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS in Stockton, California, in the heart of San Joaquin County, can identify the presence of damaged nerves and blood vessels on the inside of your tooth and suggest comprehensive pain elimination treatments. Call or go online to learn more about root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is root canal?

A root canal has two related meanings. The first refers to the inner part of the tooth where soft tissue resides, and the second to a treatment used to eliminate infection and pain in the aforementioned area.

Each tooth contains blood vessels and nerves. Once your teeth have matured into your adult teeth, these nerves are responsible for your sensitivity to heat and cold. You run the risk of infection, severe toothache, and swelling should something happen to that nerve.

Dr. Van Sicklen recommends root canal treatment to get rid of damaged pulp, the tooth area that contains living cells and tissue. Dr. Van Sicklen then seals the tooth with a crown and filling material. Root canal treatment is a safe and standard procedure.

What causes root canal pain?

The most common causes of root canal include:


Root canal pain occurs as a result of decay inside the tooth that spreads to the outer layer.


A damaged tooth automatically makes it more vulnerable to decay and pain. For instance, you’ll want to get in touch with your dentist should you have a chipped or cracked tooth.


Infections in the tooth pulp can be the cause of severe decay and pain. Dr. Van Sicklen can suggest treatments to repair the damage and get rid of the disease.

When should you get a root canal treatment?

Dr. Van Sicklen recommends root canal treatment to cure:

  • Severe pain while eating
  • Continuous hot or cold sensitivity
  • Bumps on the gums in the affected area
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums
  • Tooth darkening

The sooner you address these issues, the lower your chances of severe infection.

What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

In addition to alleviating your pain, root canal treatment can fully restore your chewing abilities and strengthen your biting force.

Root canal treatment also protects adjacent teeth from wear-and-tear and can address any unpleasant aesthetic issues.

Are there foods I shouldn’t eat after a root canal?

In the days following your root canal treatment, you should avoid the following foods and beverages:

  • Crunchy foods like carrots and apples
  • Chewy, sticky foods like gum or candy
  • Hard foods, as well as ice
  • Hot and spicy foods
  • Alcohol

Since root canal treatment involves placing a crown on the affected area, you want to maintain proper oral hygiene to ensure the health and stability of the crown.

Call or go online today to learn more about what root canal treatment can do for you.