San Jose root canal therapy

Restore Infected Teeth

Root Canal Therapy in San Jose

If you have a serious toothache, this is a sign that you may have an infected tooth. Root canal therapy from AT Dental Care is the best way to save an infected tooth and get out of pain. During treatment, Dr. Tuan will remove the source of the infection, fill and repair your tooth, and prevent further complications. If you think you may need a root canals in San Jose, Evergreen, or Silver Creek, schedule your appointment today.

Signs of Infected Teeth

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

A root canal is required when the pulp inside your tooth has become infected. This usually happens when the hard exterior layers of enamel and dentin are damaged by extensive decay or an oral injury.

The pulp is full of blood vessels and nerves, and this is what keeps your tooth alive. If the inner material of your tooth becomes infected and you don’t get treatment, your tooth will eventually die, requiring extraction and replacement with a bridge, partial denture, or dental implant.

If you notice oral issues like a serious, prolonged toothache that lasts more than 2-3 days, discoloration of your tooth and the surrounding gums, or sensitivity to pressure, heat and cold, these symptoms could indicate that your tooth is infected. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tuan right away.

What to Expect

The Root Canal Treatment Process

The process of root canal therapy is comparable to having a cavity filled. Dr. Tuan will begin by numbing the area and isolating your tooth with a dental dam. We also offer sedation for root canal therapy, if you feel it will make you more comfortable.

Next, Dr. Tuan will remove damaged and decayed enamel from the tooth and create a small opening, exposing the interior of the tooth. Using special tools, the infected pulp will be extracted from the inside of your tooth. Then, it will be cleaned and flushed with disinfectant to destroy any remaining bacteria.

Your tooth will then be filled with a rubber-like material that replaces your pulp and supports the tooth structure. Finally, the entire tooth is covered with a dental filling or a crown.

Aftercare & Healing

Recovering From Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy does not require much special aftercare. You will likely experience some discomfort and sensitivity near the area for 2-3 days after your treatment. Topical oral analgesics like Orajel and over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can help with this discomfort.
 
Try to avoid chewing hard foods with your treated tooth and opt for mostly soft foods for a few days after treatment. You can continue brushing and flossing normally, but be gentle near the treatment area. After a few days, your mouth will feel completely normal. If you are still experiencing pain a week after your treatment, schedule a follow-up with Dr. Tuan right away.

Our Sedation Options

Stay Comfortable During Your Root Canal

We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, as well as pill-based oral conscious sedation for our patients. Your comfort is our top priority. If you would like to be sedated during your root canal treatment and are interested in learning more about our options, just contact AT Dental Care now to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tuan.

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