Afshin Rahimi, DMD
Pacific Heights Family & Cosmetic Dentist

2007 Divisadero Street - San Francisco, CA 94115

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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Education is the foundation of your dental healthcare. We believe it is vital for our patients to have all the facts so that they may make informed decisions about their dental treatment and care program.

We have compiled a selection of common questions about our practice, the services we offer, and dentistry in general. If your question is not answered here, and/or if you would like more information, please call our office or send us an email.

Root Canals

Bacteria can lay dormant inside a tooth for a period of time before causing any pain. In some cases, by the time a patient has acute pain on the tooth, the bacteria can have infected the tooth to the point where the only option is an extraction. Our goal is to prevent any loss of teeth by being proactive and treating the tooth with a root canal before it is too late. An infection around a tooth is most commonly diagnosed by an x-ray and confirmed with additional tests.

Implants are beneficial not only because they address aesthetic concerns with tooth loss but also because they help maintain bone structure.

When you lose a tooth, the bone where that tooth once was begins to deteriorate and shrink away. This can have a detrimental effect on the surrounding teeth by causing tipping, turning, or caving, eventually creating problems with function and bite, resulting in further tooth loss.

Implants are anchored in the bone to help prevent bone loss. Additionally, implants mimic your natural tooth and provide a stable chewing surface.

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UPDATE (MAY 15, 2020)

Our office is OPEN and has resumed dental services based on updated guidance from the Department of Public Health. To learn more about our updated office protocols, please find our COVID-19 FAQ here