Root canal treatment allows teeth to be saved from extractions by removing infected pulp tissue from the inside of the tooth. A cracked tooth or a tooth with a deep cavity can become infected if bacteria gets inside. This infection can turn into an abscess, which can be very painful. To avoid the infection getting to this point, a root canal is performed to save a patient from pain and save the tooth from removal. If left untreated, the jaw bones could be affected and ultimately it could affect your overall health.
Signs That a Root Canal May Be Needed
- Severe toothache
- Painful chewing
- Pain when pressure is applied
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum swelling/tenderness
What to Expect During a Root Canal
A root canal typically takes from one to three office visits. Your dentist will remove the infected tissue. He will then clean and seal the tooth and fill it with dental composite. If the tooth has experienced severe decay, a crown may be recommended to protect the tooth from further damage. Once the root canal is complete, proper upkeep can save the tooth from ever needing to be removed.
If you are in need of a root canal in Milpitas, CA, call our office today to set up an appointment!