Tooth pain can sometimes be caused by an infection in the root of the tooth. If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, Dr. Vi Hoang will take digital X-rays of your teeth and gums to determine the problem. If an infection is suspected, he may recommend root canal therapy. This type of oral surgery involves cleaning out the infected tooth pulp and sealing the inside of the tooth to protect against future damage or infection. Once the infection has been cleared from the tooth, we’ll place a crown on top of the tooth to give it added strength. The term “root canal” strikes fear into the hearts of many people, but rest assured that the procedure is not as painful as you imagine. In fact, most patients report that the tooth pain they were experiencing was much worse than any discomfort they felt during the root canal procedure. We also provide you with sedation to help you stay relaxed throughout treatment.