What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a non-surgical endodontic procedure necessary to save a severely decayed, infected, or otherwise damaged tooth. Root canals allow patients to preserve their natural teeth, including the tooth root.
Root canals performed by Endodontic & Implantology Associates are not your grandparents’ root canals. Thanks to advancements in techniques, and technology, your root canal will be managed in the most pain-free manner possible.. The procedure is also much faster than previously experienced.
Before your endodontist begins to treat the affected tooth or teeth, the area of the mouth surrounding the tooth will be completely numbed. Upon request, you may also receive mild sedation via nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Then a small hole in the affected tooth will be created, allowing your endodontist to access the interior of the tooth, known as the pulp.
Your root canal specialist will work carefully and efficiently to remove decay and treat infection inside the tooth. The canals inside the tooth will also be reshaped to prevent future infection. Once the infection has been treated, your tooth will be filled with a biocompatible substance that seals the interior of the tooth. The tooth will then be protected with a temporary crown until a permanent dental crown can be placed.
Benefits of A Root Canal
The short-term benefit of a root canal is relief from pain, which is often experienced immediately.
Long-term, the benefits include:
- Preventing tooth loss
- Preventing the need for dental restorations to replace a lost tooth
- Preventing infection from spreading
- Preserving your jawbone and facial appearance
- Preventing nearby teeth from drifting into the gap left by a lost tooth
- Maintaining your chewing and speaking abilities
- Saving money on costly restorations
Are You a Good Candidate for A Root Canal?
If you are referred for a non-surgical root canal, it is because, without this treatment, you will lose the affected tooth. As such, root canal therapy is the last option for saving a natural tooth, which is always preferable to extraction. Candidates for root canal therapy in San Jose include those who:
- Have tooth decay too large to treat with a dental filling or dental crown
- Have experienced dental trauma damaging a tooth or teeth
- Have developed a crack in a tooth
- Have had a previous root canal fail
- Have been diagnosed with an infection inside the tooth