Root Canal Therapy
As with any part of your body, your tooth can develop an infection. Sometimes this occurs due to deep decay, advanced periodontal disease, or trauma, and sometimes it can happen for an unexplained reason.
In the past, the only option was to remove the infected tooth and relieve the symptoms that accompany an infection – swelling, pain, and sensitivity. Today, however, we can treat an infected tooth using root canal therapy, preserving your natural tooth and protecting the integrity of your bite.
Why Save Your Natural Teeth
Patients sometimes wonder why we recommend root canal therapy and a dental crown over extracting a troubled tooth.
Tooth loss perpetuates other dental conditions, including misalignment and bone loss. Our goal is to save your natural teeth, whenever possible, so you can avoid developing consequential dental conditions associated with tooth loss.
Root Canals Relieve Painful Symptoms
Contrary to what you may have heard, root canal therapy does not actually cause pain. The pain associated with root canals is actually from the symptoms.
At the office of Victor Woodlief, DMD, and Associates, we are skilled at providing comfortable and effective root canal therapy. In most cases, root canal therapy will feel no different than a common filling.
Root Canal Therapy
After making sure your tooth is completely numb and comfortable, Dr. Woodlief will make a tiny access point in your tooth and gently clean out the damaged nerve, infected tissue, and the bacteria that are causing all the trouble. He will apply medication to assist with healing and fill the vacant canals with a rubbery substance called gutta percha to seal them.
Your body will need time to heal, so Dr. Woodlief will place a temporary restoration, like a filling, to seal your tooth during the healing process. Your tooth might be sensitive for a few days, as the infection subsides. You should feel gradually better each day until you feel completely recovered.
In a week or two, a follow-up appointment will confirm that the infection has completely healed.
Because root canal-treated teeth become brittle and more vulnerable to fractures, we will typically recommend a dental crown to provide added support. A dental crown protects your tooth from the extreme forces of chewing, absorbing some of the pressure.
Root canal therapy, combined with the appropriate dental restoration, can extend the life of your tooth by years – or even decades. Saving your natural teeth is often the least invasive and most economical way to protect your smile.
Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?
If you have tooth pain, it is your body’s alarm system that let's you know something requires professional attention.
Give us a call right away! When left untreated, infections put your overall health at risk and can result in tooth loss. Our dental office, located in San Jose, CA, strives to treat dental emergencies quickly.