Often if a tooth is broken, injured, or has a large cavity that has reached the nerve, a ROOT CANAL iS needed to treat the affected tooth. 


Even teeth that have been injured years ago can eventually require a root canal due to the nerve slowly dying over time, ultimately causing an infection. During a root canal, the infected or damaged nerve is cleaned out of the tooth. The area cleaned and sterilized, the canal is then filled with a plastic material. This removes dead tissues, bacteria, infection, and alleviates tooth pain. Over time, a tooth treated with a root canal can become brittle.


It is strongly advised to place a crown immediately after a root canal to help prevent the tooth from breaking in the future. Broken teeth and toothaches are inconvenient and can be extremely painful. 


Talk to Dr. Shin today about root canals and treating your dental pain!




450 Sutter St., Suite 1630
San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 986-6900


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 8am-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-7pm

Thursday: 9am-6pm

Friday: 8am-5pm 

Saturday: 8am-3pm

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“Dr. Shin is friendly and great at communicating.  The staff are knowledgeable and go out their way to help patients. They are super speedy without compromising accuracy or helpfulness. I always leave Dr. Shin’s office feeling good and smiling wide!”    Claire S.

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