Root Canals


A toothache often occurs when bacteria and microorganisms are able to eat through the natural hard, protective surfaces of your teeth. They can work so deep into your teeth in fact that they reach the nerve center, then bam! The toothache pain train has pulled into station. When infection hits your tooth pulp (nerves) normally protected by the enamel and harder tissues of your tooth, you may find yourself in need of a root canal.


Diagram of an infected tooth in need of a root canal from Marcos Ortega in Hillcrest - downtown San DiegoA root canal is an endodontic treatment that involves removing the infected tissue (tooth pulp / nerves) from the canal of your tooth root. The canals are then sealed off and, depending on the state of your natural tooth crown, you may have a new dental crown placed.

Signs You Need a Root Canal Procedure

Teeth are remarkable. It truly is amazing how strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing natural teeth can be. However, they are not invincible. Poor dental hygiene and diet can lead to issues later…painful issues. If a root canal is left untreated it can become a medical issue with severe health problems. The following are symptoms that suggest you should seek endodontic treatment from an endodontist or root canal dentist for your infected tooth:

  • Severe teeth pain during meals or when putting pressure on the affected area
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that remains after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
  • A small, pimple-like bump inside the mouth, on the gums close to the area where pain is emanating from
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Oral tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain

Though root canals have received a bad reputation over the years by some, modern endodontics makes the root canal procedure comfortable and extremely beneficial. In most cases, dentists agree that it’s best to preserve the natural tooth. Root canals allow you to keep your natural tooth but remove the part that can cause issues later.


Though many dentists offer root canal therapy, San Diego dentist, Dr. Marcos Ortega, offers the best in modern root canal procedure as well as the care and compassion to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during the entire procedure. Dr. Ortega and his staff will help you feel at ease and will work with you through the entire root canal process.

Schedule a Root Canal for a Toothache in San Diego

If you’re experiencing a toothache, don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Give us a call, text, or contact us using the form on this page today and schedule a visit at our Hillcrest – downtown San Diego dentist office. We look forward to helping relieve you of toothache pain quickly and effectively!