Root canal therapy offers the ability to save an infected tooth and is among the most common types of endodontic procedures. Root canal therapy is also an area of specialty for Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, MS, Vicky Nguyen, DDS, MS, at their established San Jose, California, practice. If you’d like more information about the root canal process or are ready to book your own treatment, call the office directly or spend a few moments on the online booking page.
A root canal is a common endodontic treatment that removes infected pulp from the innermost chamber of a tooth. The root portions of your teeth have hollow interiors called canals, which is how this treatment was named.
Once a dreaded procedure, today’s root canals are safe and painless. The process takes relatively little time to complete and eliminates pain in the treated tooth.
The interior chamber of each tooth contains a substance called pulp. Your pulp is comprised of a mix of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, and it plays a critical role in nourishing a developing tooth.
Once your teeth are fully formed, however, the pulp is no longer needed. That’s why it can be removed and replaced with a synthetic material without compromising the health of the tooth.
Knowing what to look for can help you know when to reach out to a skilled endodontic specialist for treatment. Some of the signs you might need a root canal include:
A thorough diagnostic exam will determine if you need a root canal, or if another treatment offers a better solution to your needs.
When you come in for your root canal, you’ll receive numbing medication to ensure you’re comfortable throughout your treatment. Once you’re numb, your endodontic specialist isolates the tooth to keep it clean and dry.
Your specialist creates a small opening in the crown portion of the tooth to gain access to the inner chamber. A series of incredibly small dental tools called files allows them to remove the infected pulp.
The inner chamber is rinsed to remove lingering traces of pulp. Next, a material called gutta percha is placed within the cleared chamber before a small filling is placed to close the access opening.
Imaging and impressions are made to facilitate the creation of your custom dental crown, and a temporary crown is placed to protect the treated tooth. Once your new crown arrives, you’ll return to have it checked for fit and cemented into place, completing the root canal process.
If you’d like more information about root canals and how they can save an infected tooth, schedule a visit online today. You’re also welcome to call and speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.