Root Canals - Livermore, CA

Save Your Natural Tooth

Root Canals Help Stop Infection & Relieve Pain

Are you experiencing tooth pain? Does it get worse when you bite down? Mild to severe pain may be an indication of decay or infection in the pulp of your tooth. If your tooth is at risk, we may recommend a root canal to save it. Root canals are performed to save as much of your natural tooth as possible, and can relieve you of:

  • Pain or Discomfort
  • Risk of Tooth Loss
  • Damage to Other Teeth

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Millions of teeth are saved by root canals every year. To save your tooth, we will start by cleaning out the pulp from inside the tooth. Once the bacteria have been removed, we will use a permanent material to fill and seal your tooth, finishing the procedure with a filling or crown.

Disinfection & Cleaning

  • The tooth is numbed.
  • An opening is made through the crown to access the tooth pulp.
  • Infected tissue is removed.


  • The tooth is filled with a permanent material.
  • A filling or crown is used to seal and protect the tooth.


  • Pain is alleviated.
  • Healthy, functional smile.

Is Fear Stopping You From Saving Your Teeth?

With advanced technology and procedures, root canals are less painful and more effective than ever before. Modern treatment is actually quite similar to getting a filling, and can usually be completed in just one or two visits.

At Smiles by Design, we are pleased to offer patients oral sedation to help calm anxiety or fear prior to and during the procedure.

Deciding Against Treatment

Choosing not to receive a root canal puts your oral health and other teeth at greater risk. Infections that affect the tooth pulp can reach down into the tissues and nerves of the mouth and jaw. Left untreated, it results in the loss of the tooth and can lead to a widespread infection. We strongly recommend addressing your tooth pain concerns as quickly as possible.

We accept emergency cases. Call us today.

Tooth-Saving Procedures All in One Office

The thought of root canal treatment can be uncomfortable, especially when you are referred to an endodontist you have never met. At Smiles by Design, we perform most root canal procedures in-house. This means you already know our team, and can feel confident in the skill of your doctor.

With over 30 years of experience saving smiles, Dr. Richard Howes has the expertise needed to perform more complex procedures. He continues to expand his knowledge through Endodontic and Periodontal continuing education courses to bring you the latest and best in technology and techniques.

Save your teeth. Schedule an appointment today.

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