The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Posted by Dr. John Vellequette 2023-09-25

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A root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissue from a tooth’s root or pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the soft area inside your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. When this area becomes infected, it can result in pain, swelling, and sensitivity. The infection can spread to the surrounding bone and gums if left untreated. 

During a root canal treatment at Smile Center Silicon Valley, our dentist will remove the infected tissue from the tooth and replace it with a filling. This filling will protect the tooth and prevent further infection. Root canal treatment can save your natural tooth and restore your oral health. 

The Root Canal Procedure 

A root canal is a treatment performed when a tooth's nerve becomes infected or inflamed. The infection can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, and chips, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. When the tooth’s nerve is infected, it must be removed to save it from extraction. 

During a root canal procedure, the dentist in Sunnyvale, CA, will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Next, they will create a small opening in the crown of your tooth to access the pulp chamber. Then, the dentist will remove the infected tissue and clean the chamber thoroughly. After cleaning, they will fill the space with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material, and seal the opening with a temporary filling. Finally, they will place a crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage. 

After your root canal treatment in Sunnyvale, CA, we must follow our dentist’s instructions carefully. Our dentist may prescribe pain medication to help relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing. In addition, you will need to take special care of your teeth following your procedure. This includes brushing, flossing regularly, and avoiding hard foods that could damage the treated area. 

The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment 

  • It saves your natural tooth 
  • It prevents the spread of infection 
  • It relieves pain 
  • It restores function to your smile 
  • It improves your oral health 
  • It preserves the structure of your teeth 
  • It reduces the need for future dental treatments 

Root canal treatment is safe and effective when performed by our qualified dentist. If you are experiencing pain in your tooth, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA, or call (408) 245-7500 to learn the benefits of root canal therapy and how it can help you keep your smile healthy for years.

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