Root Canal

Today's Dentistry

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

There are numerous myths regarding root canals, but this endodontic treatment is actually one of the easiest and most effective ways to preserve your permanent teeth. Family dentist, Peter K. Lee, DDS, and the team at Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, California, regularly perform root canals on patients of all ages, from children to adults. If you’re suffering from a toothache, make an appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a type of oral surgery designed to preserve a permanent tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, your Today’s Dentistry provider removes the nerves and pulp chamber from your affected tooth. 

Left untreated, infected tooth pulp can infect the tissues surrounding your teeth and lead to abscesses. The nerves in your teeth aren’t necessary for their health or function, so removing them doesn’t present any serious problems. 

Is there any way to tell if I need a root canal?

The only way to determine if you need a root canal is to schedule an appointment with the team at Today’s Dentistry. However, there are telltale signs that can help you decide, including:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling gums
  • Tender gums
  • Pimples on your gums

Your tooth might also darken or turn brown or black in color. 

Are root canals painful?

Root canals have a reputation for being painful and scary, but in reality, there’s nothing to worry about. Thanks to modern anesthetics and surgical techniques, a root canal is no more painful than a routine extraction. 

In addition, your Today’s Dentistry provider will prescribe pain killers during your recovery to alleviate any swelling or general discomfort. 

What happens during root canal surgery?

At Today’s Dentistry, getting a root canal only takes one appointment. Your provider performs an oral exam and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Then they take a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones and tooth roots. If your dentist detects an infection, they move forward with root canal treatment.

Your provider first administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. After the anesthetic kicks in, your provider places a rubber dam around your affected tooth to keep it dry. 

Your dentist then drills an access hole in the top of your tooth and carefully removes the infected pulp and nerve tissue. After cleaning out your root canal, your provider rinses it out with an antiseptic solution to flush away bacteria and debris. 

After cleaning your root canal, your provider fills it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. While the gutta-percha dries, your provider manufactures a permanent crown using the CEREC system. 

After the CEREC system finishes your crown, your provider cements it in place. The entire process typically takes 90 minutes. 

Don’t let a toothache prevent you from eating your favorite foods. If you suspect you may need a root canal, make an appointment at Today’s Dentistry by calling or clicking the online booking tool.

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