Signs That You Need Root Canal Therapy
If you have a dental cavity, it will continue to expand without treatment. When the cavity reaches the pulp of your tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This exposes your nerves and underlying tissues, resulting in debilitating pain. In order to save your tooth, this abscess will need to be removed.
Call our office right away if you notice the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain while chewing
- Discolored tooth
- Swollen and tender gums around the tooth
Root Canal Procedure
Though many patients think of root canal therapy as invasive and painful, it’s actually a fairly simple process and neglecting to seek treatment for your tooth will lead to far greater pain. It also saves you money by restoring your natural tooth and eliminating the need for a replacement.
The procedure begins with Dr. Cooper using a local anesthetic to numb your infected area. He’ll then create a small opening in your tooth, remove the decayed pulp, and fill it with a specialized resin to prevent future infection. Finally, he’ll re-seal your tooth and protect it with a customized, natural-looking porcelain crown.
Rest assured, Dr. Cooper will prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Apicoectomy – Root Canal Re-Treatment
Sometimes, the infection persists even after root canal therapy. In these cases, we’ll perform an apicoetomy to remove your diseased tissue. The procedure consists of three steps:
- We make a small incision to access the base of your tooth, treating the inflamed or infected pulp and carefully cleaning the canals.
- We may place a small filling in the remaining tip of your tooth to seal the root canal. We’ll also stitch your gum tissue back into place.
- Finally, we’ll place a crown to protect your tooth from further damage.
Visit Contemporary Dental Arts for Root Canal Therapy
If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible in order to save your tooth. Contact our practice in San Jose today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper. We look forward to meeting you.