Root Canals | Los Gatos Family Dentistry
Our dental practice offers Los Gatos root canals performed in a state-of-the-art facility. Although “root canal” has traditionally been synonymous with “something intensely painful and unpleasant,” it really doesn’t need to be! Root canal therapy is simply the treatment of an infection that occurs inside one or more of a tooth’s roots. Once the infectious bacteria is removed deep within the roots of a tooth, the infection is eliminated and so is the pain.
Within the root of each tooth is a chamber that contains nerves and blood vessels; this is the life force of a tooth as it develops. When an infection takes hold, this material (called the pulp) gradually dies. This process may take years, throughout which the patient may experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms.
During our Los Gatos root canal procedures, the infected pulp is removed and the resultant cavity is cleaned and disinfected. The entire area is numb throughout this procedure, so you won’t feel a thing as Dr. Phan prepares your tooth to be filled. When the last remnants of infected tissue are removed, the area is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. In order to protect the tooth against future damage, Dr. Phan will then cover it with a custom crown
Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection
Though the phrase “root canal” is often associated with immense pain, this treatment is actually the preferred method of removing infectious bacteria from deep within a tooth. It is the inflammation caused by infection that leads to throbbing, persistent pain. Eradicating the infection and sealing the treated tooth is the only way to relieve pain, so that’s when we will recommend our Los Gatos root canals as a treatment option.
While an examination with Dr. Phan is the only definitive way to diagnose a root canal infection, there are some obvious signs associated with this type of problem that you can keep in mind between dental visits. These root canal infection symptoms include:
- Pain while chewing or when pressure is applied to the tooth and/or gums
- A recurring bump on the gums near the affected tooth
- A change in the color of the tooth; it may take on a dull gray hue
- Intense sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Gum tenderness or inflammation
- Pain that radiates throughout the jaw
While most cases of infection with a tooth do result in uncomfortable symptoms, it is important to remember that not all cases lead to noticeable signs of damage. This is why regular visits to Los Gatos Family Dentistry are integral to your continued oral health. Utilizing the latest in diagnostic dental technology, Dr. Phan can detect the presence of a potentially serious issue before the problem grows worse and puts your smile at risk.
Los Gatos Root Canal Therapy
If you have been told that you need root canal therapy or if you suspect that you might be suffering from a tooth root infection, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phan. Contrary to widespread belief, root canal therapy is not a painful procedure to be avoided, but rather a necessary treatment that can help preserve your tooth and eliminate pain caused by an infection. In fact, this procedure is typically no more uncomfortable than a simple filling, and it may eliminate the need for an extraction in the near future.
Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves families from throughout Los Gatos, CA and communities in nearby areas, including Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Altos, Monte Sereno, and beyond.
Root canals have come a long way, and can relieve pain rather than causing it! So if you are in Los Gatos or any of the communities we serve and have been told that you need root canal therapy, or if you suspect that you might be suffering from a tooth root infection, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phan.