Have you ever been told that you needed a root canal, only to think “Do I really need that root canal? It’s probably going to hurt.” If you have, you’re not alone. Root canals have a bad reputation for being uncomfortable and unnecessary. Fortunately for our patients, both of those rumors are false! Here are a few things that you need to know if and when you are facing your first encounter with a root canal.

What Exactly Are Root Canals?

To first understand whether or not you actually need a root canal, it’s important to understand what a root canal is. Unlike a filling or crown that repairs the outer surface of a tooth, root canals are endodontic treatments that restore the inside chamber of a tooth. They are essentially a filling that extends into the nerve chamber, through the entire root. Instead of capping off infected nerve tissue with a filling, endodontic treatment (a root canal) removes that infection and seals off the nerve chamber.

Root Canal Treatments are Essential

Just like fillings and crownsroot canals are a necessity for some dental disease needs. Some of the most common examples of when a root canal is required include abscessed teeth, dying teeth, and deep cavities. If the inside of the tooth is infected, you need a treatment that reaches those areas – not one that covers them up.

They’re the Last Line of Defense

A root canal is typically the last restorative option for preserving a tooth. They are used on teeth that have fractures or cavities that have extended into the nerve, with no other restorative options available. It’s best to save the tooth when the infection is first noted. Otherwise the infection will worsen and cause the tooth to resorb from the inside out.

Waiting Too Long Could Mean Losing Your tooth

If your tooth goes untreated, it will continue to break down. Eventually that tooth will become so damaged or eroded that it is no longer possible to rebuild it.

Instead of repairing your natural tooth, you’re having it extracted due to the pain and infection. You could have kept your tooth, but now you have to consider getting a bridge or an implant to replace it.

Root Canals Don’t Have to Hurt

It’s true – a root canal doesn’t have to hurt. At Marconi Dental Group we use comfort methods and options to ensure that you can relax throughout your entire procedure. We treat you exactly the same way we would one of our own family members. That means thoroughly numbing the area around the tooth and offering options like sedation dentistry for maximum pain relief.

To find out whether or not you need a root canal, we’ll perform a thorough examination and take an x-ray of the tooth. This allows us to screen for abscesses and symptoms caused by nerve damage or infection. Don’t put your root canal off another day.

Visit Marconi Dental Group for gentle dental care that you can trust.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.


The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.