Root canal therapy is a very common procedure that we perform every day to relieve severe dental pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. They are typically needed when the dental pulp, or soft tissue located within the tooth and its root, has become infected either due to decay or injury.
With a root canal, your dentist will remove this infected tissue, disinfect and clean the tooth, and place a filling material in the space to prevent reinfection. As endodontists, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Sanfilippo are experts at performing this treatment, having taken years of advanced training after completing dental school.
If you have a persistent toothache or your family dentist has recommended that you get a root canal, you couldn’t be in better hands than with Endodontic Associates Saratoga. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.
As we mentioned above, a root canal is needed when the dental pulp inside a tooth has become infected or damaged. When this occurs, you may experience a few specific symptoms:
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you should immediately contact your dentist. Should the infected pulp go untreated, the tooth will be eventually become so damaged that it cannot be saved. Fortunately, with a root canal, we’re often able to save even the most compromised teeth and ensure they look and function properly for many years to come.
When you come to see us to get a root canal, the first thing we’ll do is examine your tooth to determine its current condition. We have highly-advanced imaging technology in our office so we can gain a full understanding of your needs before we begin any treatment. After going over these images, your root canal will involve the following basic steps:
Following a root canal, most teeth will need to be fully restored using a dental crown. You may experience a bit of increased sensitivity in the days following your root canal, but this will eventually abate and can easily be managed with over-the-counter medication.
We would be remiss not to address this question! Thanks to modern endodontic techniques, our years of experience, and our technology, we’ll be able to keep you comfortable during the entire procedure. Often, the pain that is typically associated with root canal therapy actually stems from the initial infection and not the procedure itself. We’ll make every effort to ensure that you are comfortable when you come see us for a root canal. If you have any questions, be sure to ask, and we’ll be happy to answer them.
When recommending treatments to patients, we’re always doing so in the best interest of their oral health. This just as much applies to root canals as it does for any other treatment. Our goal is only to provide the best options for your unique case, as well as educating you on the treatments we provide. This way, we can ensure that you’re making informed decisions prior to undergoing any oral surgery.