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Over the years, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA dentist has performed a number of restorative procedures on a lower left molar. Now, you lost a significant portion of that tooth, and it's starting to hurt. At The Dental Dimensions, Dr. Shetty, Bhatia and Yoneyama often recommend root canal therapy, or endodontics, to restore heavily damaged teeth, relieving pain and infection. Do you need a root canal?
Your tooth structure
Each and every one of your teeth has important structural elements:
- Highly calcified tooth enamel
- Softer, yellow dentin which also contains tubules capable of transmitting sensation to the interior of the tooth
- Interior pulp made up of blood vessels, supportive tissue and nerves
- A unique place in your mouth
Because of that unique place in your mouth, your tooth is indispensable. After all, tooth loss weakens teeth which adjoin a gap, compromises biting, chewing and speech and prematurely ages facial features.
So because your tooth is so important, your Cupertino and West and South San Jose dentist will endeavor to save it. Root canal therapy could do just that.
The root canal process
Endodontic therapy removes diseased and injured pulp. Taking just two one-hour appointments at The Dental Dimensions, this restorative treatment will preserve your tooth and extend its lifespan indefinitely.
The process starts with digital X-rays and a visual inspection of the tooth and its surrounding gums. These steps pinpoint exactly what's happening with your tooth. Often, ailing teeth exhibit more than cracks, chips or pain, they also may cause:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Jaw swelling
So it's important for your dentist to diagnose your tooth's condition accurately and then, if warranted, proceed with the root canal.
To do this, the dentist isolates the tooth with a rubber dam, dries it and administers numbing medication. Then, they open the tooth and cleans each of the tooth's root canals with small files. The dentist rinses the canals, disinfects them and seals them with a rubbery putty called gutta-percha. A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals over the subsequent week to ten days.
When you return to The Dental Dimensions, your dentist will remove the cap and bond a new porcelain crown in place. You can expect your symptom-free and beautifully realistic tooth to last for years to come. Just brush twice daily and floss once a day as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, come to the office twice a year for your routine check-ups and hygienic cleanings.
Find out more
You may be able to keep that tooth. So find out during a restorative dentistry consultation at The Dental Dimensions serving Cupertino and West and South San Jose, CA. We have two locations to serve you. For the Prospect Road office, call (408) 252-3212. For Cahalan Avenue, call (408) 225-6815.
Severe tooth pain is usually caused by some type of infection inside of the tooth. Root canals allow a dentist to eliminate the infection and rehabilitate the tooth so that it will stay firmly rooted. The American Association of Endodontists estimates that dentists perform over 15 million root canals every year and over 41,000 every day, so it is a very common procedure. Here are a few signs that you may need to talk a dentist at The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, CA about a root canal.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental therapy that provides relief from tooth infections and abscesses. It's a treatment that prevents tooth loss and also protects your general health. Problems with the teeth go beyond just pain—if a serious infection isn’t treated and is allowed to progress, it can cause issues with a patient’s general health over time. It’s important to see your South San Jose dentist at the first sign of a potential problem.
Signs You Need Treatment
The first clear sign that you need treatment for a root canal is severe aching pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away, but there are a few other symptoms to be aware of:
- Very bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing, mouthwashes or breath mints.
- A tooth that feels loose, moveable or painful and very sensitive to the touch.
- You find yourself eating on one side of the mouth all of the time.
- Redness or inflammation near the site of tooth pain.
Benefits of Root Canals
Root canal therapy is a useful treatment for a number of reasons. Here are a few benefits to keep in mind in advance of your consultation with your South San Jose dentist:
- Because you keep the tooth and have it filled to protect it from further damage, it has a better chance of staying rooted for a lifetime.
- You can avoid the time and expense of having to get a partial denture, bridge or a dental implant.
- After a root canal, a permanent crown is placed which makes the tooth look brand new.
Call for an Evaluation
If you’re experiencing symptoms that may call for root canal therapy, a dentist at The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose, CA can help. Call the office at (408) 225-6815 to learn more about root canals and how this treatment can help restore your dental health.
Why is Teeth Extraction Necessary?
- Tooth is very loose
- Baby teeth or extra teeth in the mouth are blocking other teeth from growing in
- To make room for orthodontic treatment and the shifting of teeth
- Abscessed tooth
- Teeth have become infected as a result an underlying medical condition that weakens the immune system; medical treatment; or organ transplants
- Impacted or problematic wisdom teeth