What is a Root Canal and Why Would I Need One?

Root CanalIf you think you may need a root canal, you should visit our San Jose dental office immediately for treatment. Root canal treatment is essential to your oral health and can save your tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is nothing to fear, but rather a simple, discomfort-free treatment that can save the life of your natural tooth.

The pulp of your tooth is the heart of your tooth. It is the soft tissue that holds blood vessels and connective tissue that helps your tooth grow and then continues to support it and provide feeling for your tooth for the rest of your life. If the pulp and the roots of your tooth become compromised by infection, you will risk losing your tooth permanently.

A variety of causes can lead to an infected pulp. Sometimes it happens due to built up tartar and bacteria in your teeth and gums, other times it can be caused by a crack in your tooth that left the tooth vulnerable to an infection. In most cases, when the pulp of your tooth is infected or inflamed it can cause significant discomfort. If left untreated, it can abscess. An abscess happens when your tissue is so inflamed and infected that it begins to fill up with puss. Abscesses are very painful and are a definite sign you need a root canal treatment immediately.

Although root canal treatment gets a bad rap, it is actually less uncomfortable and more necessary than you may realize. During a root canal, we will use specialized tools to remove the infected pulp and the pus that may have developed. This will rid the tooth of any harmful bacteria. Following the removal of the infection, your tooth will be filled with an inert, rubber-like substance called gutta-percha that will retain its solid structure. Your tooth will then be restored with a crown or with a filling to protect it from further damage or infection. After your root canal, you will be able to use your tooth as you normally would once again.

During your root canal procedure, we will first x-ray the area to determine the extent of the damage. We will then provide you with a local anesthetic so your treatment will be comfortable and pain-free. We will make sure you feel completely relaxed during the treatment. After removal of the infection, we will medicate the area and fill it with the gutta-percha mentioned above. The entire process is very similar to receiving a simple filling; only it takes longer.

If you are experiencing tooth discomfort, discoloration or swelling in gums surrounding a tooth, you may have a major infection. Do not wait to see a dentist and risk the life of your natural teeth. Retaining your natural dental structure is critical to your oral health as a whole and can prevent further damage to surrounding teeth. Visit our San Jose dental office as soon as you can so we can evaluate the damage and determine whether or not your tooth might be infected and if you may need a root canal.

Recent Posts

Difference Between A Dentist And Endodontic Office

If you are looking for a dentist or periodontic office to treat your gums, we recommend that you give our office a call. We offer periodontal care in our San Jose dental office and can help to prevent gum disease and treat the condition if it develops. While many people are not aware of gum…

What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

It is often very frustrating for individuals with oral pain who do not know whether or not their issue is considered a dental emergency.Some minor cases of oral pain or damage might be best treated at home initially, then by scheduling a dentist appointment at a more opportune time. More serious instances often require immediate…

5 Things About Daily Tooth Care From A Dentist In San Jose

A dentist in San Jose can help you get back on track with keeping your teeth healthy! Daily tooth care is just as important as caring for any other part of your body, but most people do not realize that. It is important to know how to care for your teeth each day in order…

Why It's Important To Have An Emergency Dentist

Wondering what an emergency dentist can do for you if you ever happen to experience a dental emergency? When you experience some type of trauma to your mouth, like breaking one of your teeth or even losing a tooth, the sooner you are treated, the better chance you have of a positive outcome. When you…


Recent Posts

The Initial Consultation For Your Smile Makeover

The Initial Consultation For Your Smile Makeover

A smile makeover can help improve a person's overall appearance and self-confidence. However, modern cosmetic dentistry offers patients so many cosmetic dentistry options that the process can sometimes be intimidating. The initial consultation is the patient's chance to explain what the goal for the makeover is, find out what procedures are available, get questions answered…

When Does A General Dentist In San Jose Recommend A Bridge?

When Does A General Dentist In San Jose Recommend A Bridge?

Wondering when a general dentist would recommend a bridge for their patients? A healthy mouth is one that has all its teeth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, there are actually several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth. Common missing teeth problems include difficulty chewing, difficulty pronouncing certain words and…