Root Canal Treatment in Los Gatos, CA
Root canal therapy is the treatment of an infection that occurs inside one or more of a tooth’s roots. Within each root 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 root canal treatment, 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. 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 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.
Root Canal Therapy in Los Gatos, CA
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.